CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization, announced the election of Sandra A. Fryhofer, M.D., MACP, a board-certified doctor of internal medicine from Atlanta, to its Board of Trustees.

“I am honored to be elected to the Board of Trustees and serve our nation’s physicians and patients,” said Dr. Fryhofer. “Now more than ever, our future – and that of our patients – truly depends on the house of medicine speaking with one voice through the AMA’s policy and advocacy efforts. The future can be bright if we make the effort to listen and learn from each other, and put what we learn into action. I have dedicated my career to improving the lives of physicians and patients, and I look forward to helping lead the AMA into the next decade.”

Dr. Fryhofer has been an active member of the AMA since 1983. She has served as chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health and as a liaison to the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. She has been a delegate for the American College of Physicians (ACP) to the AMA House of Delegates since 2000.

Dr. Fryhofer was president of the ACP from 2000-2001, where she was the second woman to be elected president and the youngest president in the organization’s 85-year history. During her tenure on ACP’s Board of Regents, she chaired the ACP Committee on Women’s Health.

As a medical correspondent for CNN Headline News from 2001-2005, Dr. Fryhofer reported on medical issues on-air and in-print for her weekly CNN web column, “Vital Signs by Dr. Sandy.” She was also the host of a medical segment series for Georgia Public Broadcasting called “Your Health Matters.”

Dr. Fryhofer received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Emory Affiliated Hospitals. She has been a practicing general internist in Atlanta for 32 years, and is an adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.

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