October 19, 2015
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education
At the California Medical Association’s (CMA) annual House of Delegates meeting, taking place in Anaheim this year, Steven E. Larson, M.D., was installed as the 2015-16 president. He takes over as Luther F. Cobb, M.D., becomes CMA’s immediate past president.
“It is an enormous honor to serve the 40,000 plus members of CMA as their president,” said Dr. Larson. “As we face some of the most rapidly changing times in health care that this country has ever seen, I look forward to working with the county medical societies and my colleagues across the state in unifying together as one voice to tackle whatever obstacles lie ahead.”
Dr. Larson is a practicing infectious diseases specialist serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Riverside Medical Clinic and serves as a clinical professor of biomedical sciences at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine.
“I have tremendous respect for Dr. Larson and his ability to represent the diverse physicians of California and the patients for whom we care,” said Dr. Cobb. “I have worked closely with him over the years and expect great things under his capable leadership."
Dr. Larson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases. He earned a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda University and is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.
In addition to his experience with CMA, Dr. Larson also serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association, is a member of the Medical Group Management Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, Southern California Infectious Disease Society and the American College of Physicians.
“California will be faced with many exciting changes to health care in the coming year, including a ballot measure to increase the state’s tobacco tax, which will help to save lives and reduce teen smoking,” said Dr. Larson. “With a vested interest in public health and a commitment to serve my colleagues and my patients, I’m looking forward to what the year will bring.”
At the annual meeting, Ruth Haskins, M.D., was elected to serve as CMA’s President-Elect for the 2015-2016 term.