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Samuel J. Mackenzie, MS

Samuel Mackenzie

Samuel J. Mackenzie, MS, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2014. He is currently a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., where he is in the final year of an MD-PhD program. Mr. Mackenzie defended his dissertation in neuroscience in May 2013.

Prior to his election to the AMA-BOT, Mr. Mackenzie served on the AMA Council on Medical Service where he helped develop AMA policy on emerging health care delivery models, Medicare reform, and coverage for beneficiaries who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. He also served two years as a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates through the Medical Society for the State of New York (MSSNY).

In addition to his service in these roles, Mr. Mackenzie has been actively engaged at multiple levels of the AMA Medical Student Section and the MSSNY Medical Student Section, working to improve student membership and engagement in organized medicine. He also served for two years on the SUNY Upstate Medical University Council, which is charged with reviewing all major plans for the effective operation of the university. He is a recipient of his college of medicine's 2013 John Bernard Henry Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded for excellence in the areas of health policy and biomedical ethics.

Mr. Mackenzie is an accomplished scientific investigator specializing in neurological injury and disease. He was awarded a National Research Service Award through the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke and is the author of multiple journal articles on dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy and cauda equina injury.

An alumnus of Cornell University, Mr. Mackenzie earned a BA in comparative literature and was a varsity member of the men's cross country and track & field teams, winning an Ivy League Championship in the 1,000 meters his senior year. He also holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware.

Mr. Mackenzie lives in Syracuse with his wife, Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie, a freelance journalist and author focusing on women's health, and their one-year-old son, Henry.