October 23, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership
The California Medical Association (CMA) installed San Diego otolaryngologist Theodore M. Mazer, M.D., as its 150th president during the organization's annual House of Delegates meeting this weekend in Anaheim.
Dr. Mazer has been a CMA and San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) member for 29 years. He has served on the CMA Board of Trustees since 2002, as Speaker of the House of Delegates from 2013 to 2016, and chaired various committees, including those focused on medical services and access to specialty care. Dr. Mazer is a past president of SDCMS and a delegate to the American Medical Association.
"I take the role of leading this organization as an awesome responsibility,” said Dr. Mazer. “I look forward to working hard this year to ensure practicing physicians have a seat at the table to promote policies that protect our patients, our practices and our ability to care for our communities."
A defender of patients’ right to access medical care, he has fought for Medi-Cal access all the way up to the Supreme Court and worked for over a decade with Congress and CMA to correct improper Medicare payment rates in San Diego and throughout California.
Dr. Mazer currently practices at Sharp-Grossmont Hospital, where he has served as chair of surgery, and at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, where he has served as chief of staff. Dr. Mazer is a consultant to the Alvarado Hospital Medical Executive Committee and was a member of the national Physicians Advisory Commission at Anthem Blue Cross. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Mazer is very active in San Diego’s medical community. He is founder and member of several Independent Practice Associations (IPA) and management groups. He served as a board member and medical director for several years with Mercy Physicians Medical Group. He presently serves as a director with Scripps Mercy Physicians Partners messenger model IPA and its management group, which provides integrative support services for small and medium practices. He has been selected as a San Diego Top Doctor several times and awarded the San Diego Business Journal’s Health Leaders Award.
"CMA can forge ahead with confidence with Ted Mazer at our helm,” said CMA Immediate Past President Ruth Haskins, M.D. “He has the will to get the job done, the data to back up his plan, the heart to steer us in the right direction and the energy to move us steadily forward.”
CMA presidents serve a year-long term, starting and ending in October. Dr. Mazer was elected to serve as president for the 2017-18 year.
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