Statement attributable to:

Russ Kridel, MD

AMA Board of Trustees Chair

“The American Medical Association strongly supports the nomination of Rachel Levine, MD., to serve as the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Levine has been a leader in combatting the opioid epidemic and spearheading Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19 as the Commonwealth’s secretary of health. She has extensive experience in government, including service as Pennsylvania’s Physician General. If confirmed, she would be the highest-ranking transgender official in the U.S. government—a strong, inclusive message to America’s LGBTQ community.”

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