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.


Zeke Silva III, MD, FACR, FSIR, FRBMA, RCC

2022-2026

 

 


Zeke Silva, MD, a diagnostic and interventional radiologist from San Antonio, has fully demonstrated he has the knowledge and leadership to excel as a member of the AMA Council on Medical Service. He has spent his career advocating for fair payment policies that improve patient care and access. Dr. Silva’s passion to help lead medicine through needed transformations in the health care system is backed by his experience in organized medicine at the county, state, and national level.

Through his long-time, extensive involvement in the AMA Multi-Specialty RVS Update Committee (RUC)—currently as chair since 2021—Dr. Silva has worked to bring new services and innovations to patient care. As a RUC member, he has chaired the Research Subcommittee (2019-21), and served on the Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (2019-21) and Practice Expense Subcommittee (2016-19).

Dr. Silva also is a founding member and past co-chair of the AMA Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (2018-21). He has served the Texas Medical Association as a TMA delegate to the AMA, and as a member of the TMA Council on Legislation and the TMA Council on Socioeconomics.

A founding board member of the Neiman Health Policy Institute, Dr. Silva has served as chair of the American College of Radiology Commission on Economics, economics chair in the Society of Interventional Radiology, and president of the Texas Radiological Society. He is on the South Texas Radiology Group board and is director of radiology at Methodist Texsan Hospital. He also is an adjunct professor at UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine.

A member of the Bexar County COVID-19 Task Force, he has given presentations on digital technology along with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The San Antonio Business Journal named him a 2021 Health Care Hero for his efforts during the pandemic.

He completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Silva knows payment policy and its impact on physicians’ practices and high-quality patient care. He believes physician know intimately what is needed to improve the health care system and patient care.

He has spent his career advancing the physician’s voice in payment determination, culminating in his current position as AMA RUC chair, leading 32 RUC members and more than 300 advisory committee members representing every specialty in the AMA House of Delegates. The RUC’s focus is simple: Patients deserve the best possible care from their physicians. “I agree, and I will work tirelessly on the Council to this end,” Dr. Silva says.

Dr. Silva knows innovation. He knows the role of new technology, including digital medicine, in patient care. As a founding member and immediate past co-chair of the AMA Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group, he has advocated for responsible, physician-informed diffusion of technology into quality patient care. He believes digital technology, including artificial intelligence, offers important tools for physicians who choose to apply this technology in their practice.

Success, however, requires physician involvement to answer questions such as: Does it work? Will I get paid? Will I get sued? Will it work in my practice? These are questions Dr. Silva will work with the Council on Medical Service to address.

Dr. Silva’s goal on the AMA Council on Medical Service is to reinforce the lines of communication among the House of Delegates, AMA’s advocacy team, and policymakers for the betterment of our profession and our patients.

“National policy is only as effective as the local physician experience that informs it,” Dr. Silva says. As a full-time private-practice physician and adjunct medical school professor, he understands the importance of both private practice and academic physicians. He knows how to translate physician and patient experience and needs into meaningful reports, actions and recommendations to the House of Delegates, AMA leadership and the public.

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