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Four California physicians elected to AMA offices



June 11, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

Four representatives from the California Medical Association (CMA) were elected to offices in the American Medical Association (AMA) at its annual House of Delegates meeting this week in Chicago.

Jack Resneck Jr., M.D., a San Francisco-based dermatologist, was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Resneck had previously chaired AMA’s Council on Legislation and also serves on the Board of Directors for the America Academy of Dermatology.

Patricia Austin, M.D., an Oakland-based ophthalmologist with more than 30 years of small group practice experience, was elected to the AMA’s Council on Constitution and Bylaws, while Adam Dougherty, M.D., MPH, and Robert Gilchick, M.D., MPH, were both elected to the Council on Science and Public Health. Dr. Dougherty is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and was elected to the council’s resident/fellow seat.  Dr. Gilchick currently serves as the medical director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Department of Child and Adolescent Health, and was seeking re-election to the council.

“I am extremely proud of my fellow California physicians who have been elected to their respective AMA positions,” said CMA President Richard Thorp, M.D., FACP. “These physicians have been an incredible asset to the California Medical Association, and I’m confident that they will bring the same insight, knowledge and leadership to their roles within the AMA.”

In addition to these elections, former CMA President James Hay, M.D., announced his candidacy for AMA Vice Speaker in 2015. You can access his candidate website here.

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