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Monday, June 27, 2011

TMA PHYSICIANS WIN THREE AMA POSITIONS; TWO LAST-MINUTE CANDIDATES COME UP SHORT

Led by former TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, three Texas physicians won key leadership spots in elections at the American Medical Association House of Delegates. As the newly elected vice speaker of the AMA house, Dr. Bailey becomes a member of the AMA Board of Trustees and is now on what historically has been a track toward becoming AMA president. Dallas internist Lynne Kirk, MD, won a contested race for the AMA Council on Medical Education, and Houston’s Russ Kridel, MD, won his race for reelection to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health. Responding to two last-minute openings on AMA councils, Drs. Dawn Buckingham and Ken Mattox willingly threw their hats into the ring. Although neither Dr. Mattox, a trauma surgeon from Houston, nor Dr. Buckingham, an Austin ophthalmologist, won their races, they ran well and displayed TMA's “bench strength” in Chicago. Check out the video of their short campaigns.

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