Elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2022, Marilyn J. Heine, MD, is an emergency medicine and hematology oncology physician in southeast Pennsylvania and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
A tenacious advocate for physicians and patients and passionate leader within the AMA, Dr. Heine has served as chair of the AMA Council on Legislation from 2020 to 2021, as a board member of the AMA Political Action Committee, and as a member of the AMA Private Practice Physicians Congress Governing Council before it became a section. She has also served as a member of the inaugural steering committee for the AMA Ambassador program, as a member of the Mobility Caucus Executive Committee, and as a delegate in the AMA House of Delegates.
Dr. Heine represents the AMA on the board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange and is a member of the Forum for Medical Affairs Executive Committee.
Dr. Heine has held prominent leadership positions in state and specialty societies including president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), chair of PAMED’s Telehealth Task Force, chair of the PAMED Political Action Committee, president of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians (PACEP), chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Federal Government Affairs Committee, president of the Bucks County Medical Society where she continues on the Executive Committee, legislative director and board member of the Pennsylvania Society of Hematology and Oncology, and as a member of the Association for Clinical Oncology Government Relations Committee.
A past chair of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine, she also served on the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Nominating Committee and helped advance consideration of augmented intelligence at the FSMB Summit themed, “AI in Health Care: The Role of Medical Boards.”
A national speaker on health policy, physician advocacy, scope of practice, and emergencies in hematology and oncology, Dr. Heine has testified before Congress on “Medicare Physician Payment: How to Build a Payment System that Provides Quality, Efficient Care for Medicare Beneficiaries” and is widely recognized as a trusted resource by policymakers on “both sides of the aisle.” In addition to her roles as a media spokesperson and as an associate member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, Dr. Heine received gubernatorial appointments to the Pennsylvania eHealth Collaborative and the Health Care Reform Implementation Committee.
Acclaimed for her accomplishments in health policy and advocacy, Dr. Heine has received many accolades including most recently the PACEP David Blunk Award for Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine, the inaugural AMPAC Award for Political Participation, the AMA Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award, and the ACEP Colin C. Rorrie, Jr., PhD Award for Excellence in Health Policy.
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