CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest and most influential physician organization, announced the election of Omar Z. Maniya, M.B.A., to its 21-member Board of Trustees. Maniya and other members of the Board were elected by physicians and medical students representing more than 190 state and specialty medical societies. The mission of the AMA Board of Trustees is to foster the promotion of the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

"I am honored to be elected a Trustee of an organization that has been tirelessly striving to improve the lives of physicians and patients for over 150 years," said Maniya. "But health care is changing dramatically, and as the youngest member of the AMA's Board of Trustees I am excited to bring a unique perspective. At the end of the day, all our policy proposals, technological advancements and innovations have to help doctors be doctors and improve the lives of our patients."

Currently in his final year of medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Maniya has dedicated his research to health systems innovation. He recently graduated with a master's in business administration from Harvard Business School, where he studied how to lower health care costs through disruptive innovation and the impact of alternative payment models on costs and efficiency of care. He also has experience in health care consulting and finance at McKinsey & Company and RBC Capital Markets.

An active member within the AMA, Maniya served for two years on the AMA Council on Long Range Planning, where he helped conceptualize emerging health care delivery models, health care information technology, changing medical education and the blurring line between payers and providers in the council's biennial "Health Care Trends" reports. He has received multiple awards and recognitions including the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award, and has been named a McKinsey Emerging Scholar, a Georgetown Science in the Public Interest Fellow, and a Georgetown University School of Medicine Sweeny Scholar.

Born in New York City and raised in Princeton, N.J., Maniya earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and minor in economics from Georgetown University.

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