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.
Dr. Thornquist has a long history of working with bylaws. He has served over 10 years on the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) Bylaws committee during which two major constructive revisions were completed. He also served on the CSMS Strategic Task Force that recommended structural changes to streamline and improve the functioning of the society. In response to changes in Connecticut laws, he also coordinated the rewriting of the bylaws for the physicians’ PAC in Connecticut, MDPAC. Dr. Thornquist was also involved in essential bylaws revisions for the New Haven County Medical Association.
Because of his knowledge and experience, Dr. Thornquist served the full allowed time on the Bylaws Committee of his specialty society, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology, serving as chair for four of those years.
Dr. Thornquist’s attention to linguistic detail has also led him to participate in the legislative arena, helping to draft Connecticut legislation on online eye care and contact lenses that was passed into law.
Dr. Thornquist began his involvement in his first year of medical school, attending the AMA-MSS meeting in June of that year. Seeing the democratic process of the HOD in action, he was hooked. He has continued his involvement for nearly 40 years since, serving in multiple capacities at all levels. Beginning with the AMA-MSS (alternate delegate, delegate and chair), continuing through the (then) RPS (alternate delegate, delegate and chair), and maintaining continuous involvement since. He also served as a medical student representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Thornquist is now a delegate from the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and vice-chair of the New England Delegation. He also became active in state and county medical societies wherever he has been located throughout his training (Arizona Medical Association, Pima County Medical Association, Pennsylvania Medical Society, CSMS) Upon entering practice, he concentrated on working through the state and county medical associations (CSMS and New Haven County Medical Association (NHCMA)), and his specialty societies (American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians (CSEP)) serving in various leadership positions, including president (CSEP, CSMS, NHCMA).
At the national level, he served for eight years on the AAO’s State Governmental Affairs Committee. Recently, he was selected to serve on the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Advancing Practice Task Force, which worked to improve the practice component of continuing certification for the parent body overseeing the specialty boards.
I grew up in an Air Force family and moved a lot in my early years. I got to not only experience a lot of different parts of the US, from Maine to Hawaii but also had the pleasure of knowing people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. I completed high school in San Jose, California, and then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for my undergraduate education, obtaining a B.S. in Chemistry. I then worked developing semiconductors for a couple of years in Phoenix, obtaining a patent on an etching process.
Heeding the advice of my physician brother, I applied to medical school and attended the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I completed a residency in internal medicine at Yale, attaining certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine but moved on to my true love of ophthalmology, completing a residency at the Scheie Eye Institute at UPenn. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Temple University/St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. I attained and have maintained my certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Initially, I went to work for a large, multi-location practice in Connecticut. After five years there, I opened my own practice in Connecticut, which I ran for 15 years. I then joined The Eye Care Group, a mid-size, multi-subspecialty ophthalmology practice, also in Connecticut, where I provide pediatric and adult strabismus eye care.
I have had an abiding interest in health care policy and politics, and in preserving and promoting the integrity of our profession. This has led me to long-term advocacy in the public arena. I am active in legislative outreach for all my organized medical associations, even serving on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s State Government Affairs Committee for eight years. I even took this interest a step further and served as a selectman for my town of Bethany for 8 years.
Through all of this, my family has been a source of support and inspiration to me. I have been happily married for forty years and have two grown children. My wife, Betsy, is the CIO of a large physician practice. My youngest works in the tech industry. My oldest is a baker and has come out as transgender. As the parent of a trans adult child, I have become educated in the issues and language surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, though admittedly, more as an ally than as one who experiences it directly. My children, in particular, have taught me even more to appreciate and value the need for equity and inclusion for all.
In my off hours, I enjoy skiing, hiking and opera.
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