Robert M. Wah, MD
Robert M. Wah, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn in McLean, Va., became the 169th president of the American Medical Association in June 2014. Dr. Wah served as chair of the AMA Board of Trustees from June 2011 to June 2012. He practices and teaches at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health. As division head and vice chairman of the Navy's largest ob-gyn training program, Dr. Wah was voted Teacher of the Year by his residents, and his group started the first military IVF program on the West Coast. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Diego, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
A nationally recognized expert in health information technology, Dr. Wah is chief medical officer for Computer Sciences Corporation. He works with public and private agencies using technology to deliver better information for better decisions. He is regularly ranked in Modern Healthcare magazine's "50 Most Influential Physician Executives" and was featured on the cover of Washington Technology. Dr. Wah previously served as associate chief information officer for the Military Health System in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2008 Dr. Wah graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Wah served as the first deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), working with the HHS secretary to advance the president's executive order to have electronic medical records for most Americans and was chief operating officer setting up the ONC.
A member of the AMA House of Delegates for 17 years, Dr. Wah has served as chair of the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development. He was elected national chairman of the Junior Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), before being elected chair of the AMA Young Physicians Section. He served on the ACOG Executive Board and Health Care Commission and is active in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the Medical Society of Virginia.
Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Wah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and received his MD from the Oregon Health Sciences University. He did his ob-gyn residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and reproductive endocrinology fellowship at Harvard in the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Wah served more than 23 years on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both ob-gyn and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr. Wah and his wife, Debra Ann, live in McLean and have one daughter.