CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA) today introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. For the first time, the three highest elected AMA officers are women physicians.

Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was sworn in as the 174th president of the AMA. Dr. Harris is the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s largest physician organization.

Susan R. Bailey, M.D., an allergist and immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, is the AMA’s new president-elect, while Barbara L. McAneny, M.D., an oncologist from Albuquerque, N.M., assumed the office of the AMA’s immediate past president.

The new chair of the AMA Board of Trustees is Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, M.D., M.P.H, an anesthesiologist from Nashville, Tenn. Russell W.H. Kridel, M.D., a facial plastic surgeon from Houston, Texas, was chosen as the new chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees.

The other executive officers on the AMA Board of Trustees for 2019-2020 are:

  • S. Bobby Mukkamala, M.D., an otolaryngologist from Flint, Mich., the newly elected secretary.
  • Jack Resneck, Jr., M.D., a dermatologist from San Rafael, Calif., the newly installed immediate past chair.
  • Bruce A. Scott, M.D., an otolaryngologist from Louisville, Ky., the newly elected speaker of the AMA House of Delegates.

The newly elected members of the AMA Board of Trustees are:

  • Grayson W. Armstrong, M.D., M.P.H., an ophthalmology medical resident at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Lisa Bohman Egbert, M.D., an OB-GYN from Dayton, Ohio, is also the newly elected vice speaker of the AMA House of Delegates.
  • Sarah Mae Smith, a medical student at University of California, Irvine's School of Medicine.
  • Michael Suk, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., an orthopaedic surgeon based in Danville, Penn.
  • Willie Underwood, III, M.D., M.P.H., a urologist based in Buffalo, N.Y.

The returning members of the AMA Board of Trustees are:

  • Willarda V. Edwards, M.D., M.B.A., an internist from Baltimore, Md.
  • E. Scott Ferguson, M.D., a diagnostic radiologist from West Memphis, Ark.
  • Sandra A. Fryhofer, M.D., an internist from Atlanta, Ga.
  • Gerald E. Harmon, M.D., a family physician from Pawleys Island, S.C.
  • William E. Kobler, M.D., a family physician from Rockford, Ill.
  • William A. McDade, M.D., Ph.D., an anesthesiologist from Chicago, Ill.
  • Mario E. Motta, M.D., a cardiologist from Salem, Mass.
  • Kevin W. Williams, M.S.A., a former senior executive at General Motors from Nashville, Tenn., the public member of the AMA Board.

Members of the AMA Board of Trustees are elected by physicians and medical students representing more than 190 state and specialty medical societies who gathered in Chicago this week for the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, the AMA's policy-making body. The mission of the AMA is the promotion of the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

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