CHICAGO — The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation's largest physician organization, today announced the election of Kentucky radiologist Alexander Ding, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., to its Board of Trustees.

A California native, Dr. Ding is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Louisville and is physician executive-in-residence in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Humana. In this role, he works to empower and enable practices in value-based care, manages physician career development, directs efforts on physician satisfaction and organizational focus on delivering on health outcomes, and strategizes on reducing friction points and administrative burdens to practices.

“It is an honor and privilege to be elected by my peers to the AMA Board of Trustees at this critical moment for medicine,” said Dr. Ding. “AMA advocacy has provided vital lifelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting through misinformation, validating the vaccine approval process, and offering timely support and guidance to physician practices in their time of need. I am eager to get started in this new role as we advocate for the Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians.”

Previously, Dr. Ding was in private practice as managing partner at California Advanced Imaging. He served in medical staff leadership, including chief of radiology and medical director of imaging at Sutter Mills-Peninsula Medical Center and vice chief of staff and chair of quality at San Mateo Medical Center. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the State of California Health Professions Education Foundation Board, charged with ensuring a sufficient health care workforce in underserved and rural areas.

Dr. Ding has been active in organized medicine since medical school and has served in numerous leadership positions throughout the Federation. At the state and local level, he has served on the Massachusetts Medical Society Board of Trustees, California Medical Association (CMA) Council on Science & Public Health, and as president of the San Mateo County Medical Association. At the AMA, he currently chairs the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, and has served on the AMA Council on Legislation, AMPAC Board of Directors, and as the resident/fellow physician member of the AMA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ding earned his Bachelor’s in economics and Master’s in public health from the University of California Berkeley, an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, and an M.D. from UCSF. He completed residency in diagnostic radiology and fellowships in abdominal imaging and interventional radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a U.S. Navy veteran.

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