CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician organization, today announced the election of Illinois anesthesiologist William A. McDade, M.D., Ph.D., to its Board of Trustees.

Dr. McDade is currently a professor of anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Chicago and maintains his own clinical practice. He has recently been named Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. There he will lead undergraduate and graduate medical education activities for the System as well as lead research efforts for its physicians. He will begin his work at Oschner on July 5, 2016.

"I am honored to be elected to the AMA's Board of Trustees," said Dr. McDade. "It's my goal to bring back the joy of practicing medicine again." 

Committed to reducing cultural and health care disparities in the U.S., Dr. McDade has spent nearly 20 years helping increase opportunities for minorities. He served on the AMA Board of Trustees Advisory Committee on Minority Physicians during his residency and chaired the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium.

Long active within the AMA, Dr. McDade is the immediate past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, a position he held since July 2013. During this time, he helped the AMA respond on matters such as physician workforce, GME funding and maintenance of certification.

Outside of his work at the AMA, Dr. McDade has served as president of the Chicago Medical Society and Illinois State Medical Society, where he is currently a trustee.

Dr. McDade received his Ph.D. in biophysics and theoretical biology from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and trained in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.


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