Portrait of Willarda V. Edwards.
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Willarda V. Edwards, MD, MBA, an internist in a two-physician private practice in Baltimore, Md., has been a member of the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) for nearly two decades. Having served as chair of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws, chair of the AMA Women Physicians Congress Governing Council and chair of the Maryland delegation to the AMA-HOD, Dr. Edwards was elected in June 2016 to the AMA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Edwards has more than 30 years of clinical practice and is a past president of the National Medical Association, the Maryland State Medical Society and the Baltimore City Medical Society. She has also served as president and chief operating officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Inc., and as the national health advocacy director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she also held the position of assistant dean of student and faculty development, Dr. Edwards completed her internal medicine residency at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and received her MBA from Loyola College of Baltimore. Dr. Edwards retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves at the rank of commander after 24 years of service, which included active duty at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Dr. Edwards has been recognized for her civic engagement with multiple awards, including being named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Today, in addition to maintaining her clinical practice, she also serves on the board of the Medical Mutual Liability Insurance Society of Maryland, and on the board of CRISP, a regional health information exchange serving Maryland and the District of Columbia. She formerly served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Blood Products Advisory Committee and the Health Services Cost Review Commission’s Advisory Committee, and as a medical consultant for the Health Policy Research Consortium, a component of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.


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