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Members Move Medicine: Promoting empathy, reducing burnout

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The AMA “Members Move Medicine” series profiles a wide variety of doctors, offering a glimpse into the passions of women and men navigating new courses in American medicine.

On the move with: Lynda G. Kabbash, MD, an allergist-immunologist at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

AMA member since: 1992.

What inspired me to pursue a career in medicine: I wanted to do medical research. I worked in an immunology lab with a PhD who told me: “Lynda, if you want to do medical research, go to medical school.”

How I move medicine: I represent our medical staff at Organized Medical Staff Section and give feedback.  I am immediate past Chair of the Women Physicians Section governing council.

Career highlights: I am presently Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Advice I’d give to those interested in pursuing a career in medicine:It is important to have empathy and this will help lessen burnout.

Aspect of my work that means the most: Taking care of my patients to the best of my ability.

How I advocate for physicians and patients: I work with my state medical society, the AMA and the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology.

My hope for the future of medicine: I hope that we keep the human aspect of medicine along with all the awesome technology and artificial intelligence on the horizon.

Visit MembershipMovesMedicine.com to learn more about other AMA members who are relentlessly moving medicine through advocacy, education, patient care and practice innovation, and join or renew today.