The American Medical Association (AMA) has named Robert M. Wah, M.D., who was the first ever deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), as its President-Elect. Dr. Wah will be sworn in a year and will serve for a one-year term.
“I greatly appreciate the trust my colleagues have placed in me during this important time for our profession and our health care system,” Wah said in a statement “Working together I know we can make significant strides in reducing chronic disease, educating future physicians and improving how care is provided to our patients.”
In addition to his role at the ONC from 2005-2006 under David Brailer, M.D., Wah, a practicing Washington D.C. area reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn, served as chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees from June 2011 to June 2012. He also served in the AMA House for 17 years and has held several previous leadership positions in the organization, as well as other nationwide associations.
Wah will be preceded by Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., who was sworn in as President at the AMA’s annual meeting this week.