NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The American Medical Association (AMA) honored Gordon H. Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association (MMA) with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors medical association executives who have contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

“A Maine lifer with nearly 40 years of service at the Maine Medical Association, including more than 24 years as the organization’s executive vice president, Gordon Smith is a committed, thoughtful, strategic leader for a time of rapid change in medicine,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “Because of Gordon’s ability to build consensus and lead by doing, and so much more, he was sought out as a leader by government officials, commissions and groups on recent opioid legislation. His prize for enacting change? He has traveled virtually nonstop across Maine, teaching the new legal standards for opioid prescribing in numerous forums.”

Smith earns the lifetime achievement award for nearly forty years of service to the Medical profession, and the Maine Medical Association.  

Gordon Smith has been a constant collaborator with medical societies across New England and the country. Smith put in place an innovative group membership model to grow MMA, served as a founding board member of Maine Quality Counts, a statewide health care quality improvement collaborative organization, and participated in the development of the Daniel C. Hanley foundation for Healthcare Leadership, an organization dedicated to enhancing the leadership skills of Maine physicians. 

The AMA presented the award to Smith during the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting.

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