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Nomination Process Instructions

The AMA is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in every facet of organized medicine. The organization encourages members to consider nominating diverse candidates, such as historically underrepresented minorities, women, LGBT and international medical graduates for positions on AMA councils/committees.

  • Sponsoring organizations should determine the candidate’s willingness to serve, if selected, prior to submitting nominations.
  • Physician members of AMA councils/committees must be active members of the AMA at the time of election/appointment and throughout the duration of their term.
  • Nominations for AMA councils/committees should be presented on the council/committee nomination form.
  • All pertinent information must be provided within the space provided on the form. Please complete multiple forms for multiple nominations.
  • The sponsor's statement should be at least 50 words and no more than 250.
  • Please enclose executive curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages) for the candidate, with the nomination form.
  • Review carefully the AMA's Conflict of Interest Policy and Principles, which provide explanatory text and examples. If you are the one seeking an AMA leadership position (and are successful), you must complete and return the conflict of interest disclosure form.
  •  If seeking a leadership position in a separate organization, please also review their disclosure form and determine if you will be able to comply with that organization's conflict of interest policy.

Review Documents

While reviewing these documents, consider if there are pending or anticipated matters that may occur during your term of office which could adversely impact your license to practice medicine or ability to discharge fully the duties you are seeking—without embarrassment to yourself, the AMA or the other organization.

Specifically, please review with the AMA Office of General Counsel any situation in which:

  • An adverse action has been taken against your medical license in any state
  • An adverse action has been taken against you by a hospital or managed care company
  • Any other event, including anything involving your family, that would be embarrassing to yourself or to the AMA if it were to be made public

The Office of General Counsel will conduct an enhanced due-diligence review for all announced candidates for election to Councils, that includes:

  • An Internet search by name
  • A check of the AMA Masterfile to confirm current unrestricted licensure in at least 1 state
  • A check of the National Practitioner Data Bank to confirm the absence of any adverse reports written within the past 5 years
  • A check of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website for any exclusions from federal health care programs

If you have questions about these documents (including how to complete the conflict of interest disclosure form), contact the AMA's General Counsel, Jon Ekdahl at [email protected] who is available to provide guidance and other information you may need.

Council & Committee Nominations

Participate by nominating someone qualified to serve on an AMA council or committee.

Please email nominations by the posted deadline to:

[email protected]

For additional information contact:
Nadine Siewnarine
(312) 464-4468

Students, please visit the Medical Student Opportunities page for information and the nomination form.

Election Process and Rules

Officers, trustees and 4 councils are elected by the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting. This process allows delegates the opportunity to become acquainted with the candidates and their views. Nominations for these offices are widely solicited throughout the Federation. The campaigns are often spirited and are conducted under rules established by the House, which are modified from time to time. Elections are by secret ballot and are under the supervision of the Committee on Rules and Credentials and the chief teller, who are appointed by the speaker and vice speaker. Individuals intending to seek election should review the election process and campaign rules document (PDF).

Council/Committee Nomination Deadlines and Tenure

Elected by the House of Delegates

  • Council on Constitution and Bylaws
    Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
    Term length: 4 years
    Maximum tenure: 2 terms
  • Council on Medical Education
    Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
    Term length: 4 years
    Maximum tenure: 2 terms
  • Council on Medical Service
    Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
    Term length: 4 years
    Maximum tenure: 2 terms
  • Council on Science and Public Health
    Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
    Term length: 4 years
    Maximum tenure: 2 terms

Appointed by the Board of Trustees

  • Council on Legislation
    Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
    Term length: 1 year
    Maximum tenure: 8 terms
  • American Medical Association Political Action Committee
    Nomination deadline: (Not considered in 2017)
    Term length: 2 years
    Maximum tenure: 4 terms

Appointed by the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates Speaker

Council on Long Range Planning and Development
Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
Term length: 4 years
Maximum tenure: 2 terms

Nominated by the President-elect and elected by the House of Delegates

Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
Nomination deadline: March 15, 2017
Term length: 7 years
Maximum tenure: 1 term

2016-2017 AMA Council Roster

View the complete 2016-2017 AMA Council Roster (PDF)

AMA Political Action Committee

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

*Bishop, Justin M. (student): 2018 (maximum tenure)
*Brada, Kay C. (alliance rep): 2016 (maximum tenure)
Fleischman, Steven J.: 2022 (maximum tenure)
Ford, Linda B.: 2020 (maximum tenure)
Galper, Benjamin Z. (resident): 2018 (maximum tenure)
GnanaDev, Dev A.: 2020 (maximum tenure)
Imbeau, Stephen A.: 2022 (maximum tenure)
Kora, Vidya S. (secretary): 2018 (maximum tenure)
Milam, James L.: 2022 (maximum tenure)
*Poole, John W.: 2016 (maximum tenure)
*Puchalski, Robert, (chair): 2016 (maximum tenure)
Thorstenson, Lyle S.: 2020 (maximum tenure)
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Constitution and Bylaws

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

Ali, Naiim S. (resident): 2018
Austin, Patricia L.: 2018
Butler, Madelyn E.: 2018          
Cohen, Jerome C.: 2017          
Colone, Pino D.: 2020
Edwards, Willarda V.: 2017
*Lee, Joy (Student): 2017
Willins, Colette R. (vice-chair): 2019
Yag-Howard, Cynthia (chair): 2018
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Medical Education

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

Bello, Jacqueline A.: 2017
Berkowitz, Carol D.: 2019
Jumper, Cynthia A.: 2020
Kirk, Lynne M.: 2019
McDade, William A.: 2017
Menscer, Darlyne (chair): 2017
*Narula, Trisha H. (student): 2017
Pieters, Richard S.: 2017
Puscas, Liana: 2017
Rao, Niranjan V.: 2018
Selby, Luke V. (resident): 2017
Turner, Patricia L. (chair-elect): 2019
Williams, John P.: 2019
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Medical Service

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

Bohman Egbert, Lisa: 2017
Hinsdale, James G.: 2019
Jeffers, Lynn L.C.:2020
Lavine, Peter E.: 2018
Lockhart, Asa C.: 2018
Lund, Peter S. (chair-elect): 2018
Madejski, Thomas J.: 2019
*Samara, Karthik (student):2017
Wertsch, Paul, A.: 2018
Young, Lynda M.: 2017
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Science and Public Health

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

Chatman, Robyn F.: 2019
Deep, Noel N.: 2019
Ding, Alexander: 2020
Dougherty, Adam P. (resident): 2017
Geraci-Ciardullo, Kira A.: 2018
Gilchick, Robert A.: 2018
*Kratschmer, Christina (student): 2017
Levin, Ilse R.: 2017
Miller, Michael M.: 2018
Mukkamala, S. Bobby (vice chair): 2017
Smoller, Bruce M.: 2019
Welsh, David J.: 2020
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs

Current Members and Eligibility for Re-election/Reappointment

Agliano, Dennis S.: 2018
Clearfield, Ronald J. (vice chair): 2017
Mendelsohn, Marc (resident): 2018
Moseley, Kathryn L.: 2020
Rosenau, Alexander M.: 2022
Sabin, James E.: 2019
Spillman, Monique A.: 2021
Schwartz, Peter A.: 2023
Swartz, Kimberly (student): 2017
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Legislation

Current Members and Eligibility for Reelection/Reappointment

Aleali, Seyed H.: 2017
Beller, Jack J. (chair): 2017
Block-Abraham, Dana (resident): 2017
*Burns, Jacob R. (student): 2017
Carpenter, Mary S.: 2017
Corker, John R. (resident): 2017
Ferguson, Edgar S.: 2017
Heine, Marilyn J.: 2017
Irish, Elizabeth A. (alliance rep): 2016
Irvin Jr., E. Coy (vice chair): 2017
Kennett, Jerry D.: 2017
Kora, Vidya S. (AMPAC observer): 2017
Smith, Heather A.: 2017
Tayloe, Jr., David T.: 2017
Underwood, III, Willie: 2017
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

Council on Long Range Planning & Development

Current Members and Eligibility for Reelection/Reappointment

Appointed by BOT

Chou, Clarence P: 2020
Loomis, Glenn A.: 2019
*Moy, Clifford K. (chair): 2017
*Shekher, Rohil J (student): 2017
Soori, Gamini S. (vice-chair): 2017

Appointed by Speaker of HOD

Goodyear, James A.: 2017
Herald, Mary T.: 2018
Herzog, Alfred: 2019
Lecuyer, Matthew E. (resident): 2019
Pryor, Shannon P.: 2020
*Ineligible for re-election/reappointment

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