California Medical Association names Luther Cobb, M.D., as 147th president

November 13, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

Sacramento – Humboldt County physician Luther Cobb, M.D. has been installed as the 147th President of the California Medical Association (CMA), taking the reins from Immediate Past President Richard Thorp, M.D. Dr. Cobb takes office on the heels of the momentous defeat of Proposition 46, a campaign in which doctors and health care providers across California rallied together to oppose the measure that ultimately failed 33-67 percent. 

“What a thrilling time to be assuming the role of CMA president,” said Dr. Cobb. “The health care community has stood tall in protecting our patients and their access to care and as we look ahead to the year in front of us, I am confident that we will continue to do so.” 

After attending Stanford Medical School, Dr. Cobb went onto do his residency at Stanford as well, taking a two year fellowship to study pancreatic islet transplantation for diabetes. He later joined the Stanford faculty and worked at the affiliated county hospital in Santa Clara County, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

“Becoming a doctor was something I wanted to do because not only would it be an avenue to help the greatest number of people I could, but it was and continues to be an evolving field with new discoveries around each corner,” said Dr. Cobb 

Dr. Cobb is a former chair of the CMA Council on Legislation and has served on the organization’s executive committee since 2006. He is also Past President of the Humboldt-Del Norte County Medical Society.

“Dr. Cobb brings the experience, leadership and fortitude to CMA’s presidency that will lead us into an incredible time in the health care delivery system,” said CMA CEO Dustin Corcoran. “As we look ahead to the changes that lie in front of us, I have the utmost faith in Dr. Cobb’s ability to lead the 40,000 plus members of CMA as we advocate for quality and for timely access to safe and affordable health care.” 

Dr. Cobb’s term as CMA president will run from November 2014-October 2015. 

“There is a distinct lack of access to medical care throughout these parts of California where I practice, and to be able to provide care to patients that otherwise wouldn’t have it is something that I’ve dedicated my life to,” added Dr. Cobb.  “As CMA president, advocating for my patients here, for the doctors across California and for the future of health care will be a priority.” 


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