CHICAGO — Physicians and medical students gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) today voted for Bruce A. Scott, M.D., an otolaryngologist from Louisville, Ky., as the new speaker of the AMA House of Delegates. In this position, Dr. Scott will preside over 640 physicians and medical students who comprise the policy-making body of the nation’s largest physician organization.

“It is a deep honor and privilege to preside over the policy-making forum at the center of American medicine and help craft results-focused policies that enable physicians to answer a national imperative to improve the health of the nation,” said Dr. Scott.

During the last four years, Dr. Scott has served as vice-speaker of the AMA House of Delegates and as a member of the AMA Board of Trustees. He has extensive experience in AMA leadership positions and has previously served as chair of the AMA Resident and Fellow Section, delegate for the AMA Young Physicians Section, and was the young physician member on the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Scott has also served as president and board member of the AMA Foundation.

Outside of the AMA, he is currently president of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) and serves on the board of trustees for both the KMA and the Greater Louisville Medical Society.

Dr. Scott brings more than 25 years of clinical practice and experience into his new role as speaker of the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Scott is an actively practicing physician in a five-physician independent private practice, the medical director of a multispecialty ambulatory surgery center and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University, he completed medical school and residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, before returning to his home town of Louisville to practice otolaryngology.

Married to his college sweetheart for 30 years, Dr. Scott is the proud father of three young adults.

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