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William A. McDade, MD, PhD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2016. A medical educator, he served most recently as executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, which is Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multispecialty health care delivery system with more than 2,700 affiliated physicians and over 19,000 employees. In addition to serving on Ochsner’s leadership team, he directly oversaw the system’s undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs and shaped its research agenda.
Prior to his appointment at Ochsner, Dr. McDade was a professor of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago, where he completed terms as deputy provost for research and minority issues and served as associate dean for multicultural affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. McDade has served as a director for the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), and as a member of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation. He currently serves as the AMA Board representative to the NBME’s Coalition for Physician Accountability.
Dr. McDade has long been a champion for the elimination of health disparities and for diversifying the medical workforce. He served on the Commission to End Health Disparities and, while at the University of Chicago, founded the Dr. James E. Bowman Society at the Pritzker School of Medicine to advance the elimination of health disparities, excellence in scholarship, and diversity in medicine. Currently he chairs the ACGME planning committee that is seeking to better understand how to improve diversity in GME. He is also the AMA Board of Trustees liaison to the AMA Minority Affairs Section.
Active in the AMA since medical school when he was chair of the AMA Medical Student Section Governing Council, Dr. McDade has served in multiple capacities since then, including as a delegate representing the American Society of Anesthesiologists in the AMA House of Delegates, as chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, and as a former AMA Board liaison to the AMA Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues and the AMA Council on Medical Service.
He currently serves the AMA as a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission, and as the AMA Board liaison to the AMA Integrated Physician Practice Section and the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development.
Dr. McDade is a past president and past board of trustees chair of both the Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Medical Society. A recipient of the 2012 Chicago Medical Society “Physician of the Year” Award, Dr. McDade was named a senior scholar at the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2013, and, in 2016, recognized by the University of Chicago Alumni Association for Distinguished Service.
Dr. McDade received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from DePaul University, his PhD in biophysics and theoretical biology from the University of Chicago, and his medical degree from Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and residency training in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha and recipient of the National Medical Association’s James Whittico Award, Dr. McDade has made clinical anesthesiology and the treatment of sickle cell disease the focus of his clinical care and research.