Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on June 14, 2022.

Officers and four councils are elected by the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) at the Annual Meeting. The elections are by secret ballot and are conducted under the supervision of the Committee on Rules and Credentials and the chief teller, who are appointed by the speaker and vice speaker, who are responsible for overall administration of the elections.

Marilyn Heine, MD, FACEP, FACP, FCPP




Marilyn Heine, MD, HOD testimony

Marilyn Heine, MD, FACEP, FACP, FCPP, serves on the AMA Council on Legislation as Immediate Past Chair. As Council Chair, she promoted collaboration during robust discussions. During her 8 years of service, the Council worked on reports that led to AMA policy, developed privacy principles, and produced diverse model state bills. As liaison to the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership, she is instrumental on social media. She co-presented at Council Forums and a podcast and spoke at AMA’s 2021 State Advocacy Summit.

As a member of the AMA Private Practice Physicians Congress Governing Council, she helped see to fruition its transition to a Section. She served on the AMPAC Board and AMA Ambassador program inaugural Steering Committee. She serves on the executive committees of the Forum for Medical Affairs and Mobility Caucus and held leadership roles in national specialty societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

She is a keen listener, an accessible and responsive communicator, and a consensus builder who is inclusive of diverse perspectives. As PAMED’s Telehealth Task Force Chair, she convened diverse stakeholders to draft telehealth legislation with vital safeguards. She promotes physician wellness and helped to lead her county medical society’s “Heal the Healer” programs.

A national spokesperson on scope of practice, she was the Annual Meeting keynote and podcast presenter for the Maricopa County Medical Society.

Dr. Heine served as president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, and Chair of PAMPAC. Pennsylvania’s governors appointed her to the Commonwealth’s Health Care Reform Implementation Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania’s eHealth Collaborative, and State Board of Medicine whose members elected her to be Chair.

She is clinical assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine and completed the Leadership Academy at Kellogg School of Management Executive Programs, Northwestern University. She is a media spokesperson on health care and an Associate Member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.

Dr. Heine worked at the National Institutes of Health as a participant in the Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program of the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Heine has received many accolades; most recently the inaugural AMPAC Award for Political Participation, AMA WPS Inspiration Award, PACEP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine, ASCO Advocacy Champion, ACEP Award for Excellence in Health Policy.

Dr. Heine is uniquely qualified for our AMA Board of Trustees.


Marilyn Heine, MD, advocate

Dr. Heine is in active practice with expertise in emergency medicine and hematology oncology, and experience in private practice and employed models, urban and non-urban locations, community-based, hospital, and academic settings. This informs her advocacy.

She advocates eliminating administrative burdens, removing prior authorization hurdles, and restoring clinical autonomy. She represents the AMA on the CAQH CORE Board where she emphasizes administrative simplification for physicians.

Dr. Heine testified before Congress that any quality measures for physicians should be developed by physicians and achievable regardless of resources. She conveyed this at a forum for Congressional Hill staff, and advances it on the ACEP Quality and Patient Safety Committee.

She advised a U.S. President and spoke at state and national press conferences on medical liability reform. She testified before the state legislature on scope of practice, health system reform, fair contracting, and women’s health. Marilyn chairs a Congressional Physicians Advisory Board where she is a strong bipartisan leader. She expertly advocates on social and print media.  

She galvanizes colleagues and legislators to act. Here are some examples:

  • When Congress was about to vote on a patient protection measure, her Congressman was on the fence, but said he cared what seniors thought of the proposal. Marilyn developed a pink post card campaign that involved senior women. The Congressman said the cards persuaded him to vote for the measure, saying, “I know who was behind the pink post cards.”
  • When Congress was considering Medicare physician payment reform, she inspired colleagues to write 600 letters to Members of Congress that she coordinated and hand delivered to advance the issue. She worked with her Congressman to write a letter signed by the Pennsylvania delegation to urge Congressional leaders to address the matter.
  • When Congress was debating antitrust reform, she motivated colleagues to reach out to their Congressman who became a champion who helped to ensure its passage in the House.
  • At the local level, Marilyn developed a grant proposal to address social determinants of health for underserved members of the county. As a member of the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership Board, she helped to initiate the free clinic programs that have cared for thousands of community residents.
  • As Chair of PAMPAC, Marilyn spearheaded its unprecedented growth to support physician-friendly candidates. She helped lead physician coalitions for successful state and federal candidates from both major political parties.


Marilyn Heine, MD, mentor

Dr. Heine listens thoughtfully and assists medical students and physicians to strategically advance their goals. She identifies opportunities where she can amplify their voices.  She participates in mentorship programs for Drexel University College of Medicine and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

As a member of the AMPAC Board and Chair of the Committee on Political Education and Communication, Marilyn led the effort to ensure designated seats for medical students as part of AMPAC’s political education programs.

During regional and national AMA MSS conferences, Dr. Heine enthusiastically presents how to be an effective advocate. She serves as faculty nationally and regionally on health policy, medical student and physician advocacy, and scope of practice. She was a panelist for the AMA MSS program and podcast, “Women Leaders in Medicine;” the AMA Ambassador Boot Camp session, “#StopScopeCreep,” and the Organization of State Medical Association Presidents program, “Governance Restructuring.” She presented at [email protected], including “Will There Be a Role for the Physician in the New World of Augmented Intelligence?”

As a team leader for the AMA WPS HOD Handbook Review, Dr. Heine coordinated her team’s positions and helped draft testimony for WPS members to deliver. As legislative director of the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, she organized a press event on cancer healthcare disparities and guided colleagues through this endeavor.

“I am so fortunate that a chance encounter with Dr. Heine at a Pennsylvania Medical Society meeting in medical school has turned into a lifelong friendship. She has been one of my biggest mentors throughout medical school and residency, going above and beyond to support me and my endeavors. When I told her I was applying for an MPH, she connected me to public health experts and resources. In fact, she still sends me articles related to my passion for underserved communities. Dr. Heine is an incredible role model as a talented physician, policy expert, and leader.” — Aleesha Shaik, MD, MPH; Member, AMA Resident and Fellow Section; Former vice chair, AMA Medical Students Section.

“Dr. Heine provides compassionate care to patients and is a champion for our profession. She has been a valuable mentor of mine since I was in medical school. She helped guide my career path and is an excellent role model as I engage in advocacy. A particularly memorable time was when we visited Congress and we advocated increasing support for GME. She leads by example.” —Lauren Kramer, DO; Member, AMA Young Physicians Section; Past chair, PAMED Resident and Fellow Section


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