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Portrait of William McDade.

William A. McDade, MD, PhD

Member, Board of Trustees
Specialty:  Anesthesiology

 2018 -  2019

AMA Affiliated Groups: Board of Trustees
Long bio: 

William A. McDade, MD, PhD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2016. He serves as executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, which is Louisiana’s largest nonprofit, academic, multispecialty health care delivery system with more than 2,700 affiliated physicians and over 19,000 employees. 

In addition to leading the health system’s graduate and continuing medical education programs and shaping its research agenda, Dr. McDade also leads Ochsner’s unique medical school in conjunction with the University of Queensland, Australia, and is an adjunct professor of the Ochsner Clinical School, the University of Queensland. 

Prior to that Dr. McDade was a professor of anesthesia and critical care at the University of Chicago, where he completed terms as deputy provost for research and minority issues and served as associate dean for multicultural affairs at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. McDade previously served as a director for the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He now serves the U.S. Department of Education as a member of the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation.

Dr. McDade has been active in the AMA since medical school when he served as the chair of the AMA Medical Student Section Governing Council. Since then he has served in multiple capacities, including as chair of the AMA Minority Affairs Consortium, as a member of both the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and the AMA Young Physicians Section, as a delegate representing the American Society of Anesthesiologists in the AMA House of Delegates,  and as chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education. He currently serves the AMA as a  member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission.

Dr. McDade has held numerous leadership roles at the state and local levels. He is a past president and past board of trustees chair of the Illinois State Medical Society and the Chicago Medical Society. A recipient of the 2012 Chicago Medical Society “Physician of the Year” Award, Dr. McDade was named a senior scholar at the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence in 2013, and, in 2016, recognized by the University of Chicago Alumni Association for Distinguished Service.

Dr. McDade received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from DePaul University, his PhD in biophysics and theoretical biology from the University of Chicago, and his medical degree from Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and residency training in anesthesiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Dr. McDade’s clinical care and research focuses primarily on clinical anesthesiology and the treatment of sickle cell disease.