AMA Member Spotlight

Celebrating inspiring members who are relentlessly moving medicine through advocacy, education, patient care and practice innovation.

Patrice Harris, MD

"I think it's important to be advocates for our profession but also for our patients. Members can move medicine. Members have moved medicine. Members will continue to move medicine..."

AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, an oncologist 

Barbara L. McAneny, MD

"Pick a specialty that speaks to your heart and your mind—making money is not that important. As a cancer doctor, when I am talking with patients about the end of their life, they never say they wish they had a bigger house or a fancier car." 

David Welsh, MD

"There's lots of complex problems out there but if you put the patient first, all the other things will take care of themselves." 

Josh Lesko, MD

"I seek to educate my peers regarding the issues threatening our profession and recruit them to the fight."

Frank Clark, MD

"I was encouraged to go to my first meeting by one of my mentors ... she encouraged me to check out the AMA if I wanted to be an agent of change ... " 

Paul H. Wick, MD

Paul H. Wick, MD

"There are many career paths and opportunities in medicine. Advances occur daily, so be prepared to be a livelong learner. Accept that you may best improve the practice of medicine by being part of, and contributing to, organized medicine." 

Cyndi Yag-Howard, MD

"Banding together with our patients is key to us having any impact in Washington or in our own communities... Please, get involved. What's holding you back?" 

Hilary Fairbrother, MD

"I encourage my students to join the AMA because I want them to be part of a solution. By joining together, physicians can make demonstrative change in healthcare." 

Ann Stroink, MD

" I want people to have ready access to care. I think no matter what area or specialty you practice, you have to understand where you fit in this world." 

Nancy R. G. Church, MD

"I am a doctor because I love my patients. I love interacting with them. I love that I am making an impression on their lives and helping them become more than what they thought they could be." 

Hank M. Spellman, Future Physician

Hank M. Spellman, Future Physician

"Find what 'it' is that is calling you to medicine—and follow that calling with everything you have got. Remember to take time to reconnect with what brought you to medicine during your courses and enjoy the journey." 

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