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AMA Appoints Dr. David Barbe as its New President-Elect

Barbe has a long history with the AMA, and will begin serving as its president starting in the summer of 2017.

By Sara Heath

The American Medical Association has appointed David O. Barbe, MD, MHA as its president-elect, to begin his duties starting in July 2017, an AMA press release says.

Barbe has been a participatory member of the AMA for some time, beginning as a member Council on Medical Service. He served as chair of this committee in 2008 and 2009, and helped lead the committee in creating policy for the uninsured, health system reform, Medicare reform, and health insurance market reform.

In 2009, Barbe was elected to AMA’s Board of Trustees, and became the chair of the board in 2013. He also served as a member of its executive committee between 2011 and 2015.

Outside of the AMA, Barbe has served in many capacities in healthcare professional organizations. He served as the head of the governing board for the Missouri State Medical Association in 2003 and was the society’s president in 2005. He has also served as a board member of the Missouri Medical Political Action Committee.

Barbe looks forward to continuing the legacy of the AMA, and leading the organization in creating effective policy to better serve the nation’s physicians and patients.

"It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be elected by my peers to be president-elect of an organization that is dedicated to improving the practice environment for physicians, the education of our medical students and the health of the patients we serve," he said in a press release. "I am eager to continue the strong work of the AMA in shaping America's health care system to better meet the needs of patients and physicians both now and in the future."

Barbe received both his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree from the University of Missouri- Columbia, and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Kansas-affiliated program in Wichita, Kansas. He has also earned a master’s degree in health administration from University of Missouri- Columbia.

After practicing family medicine in Missouri for over thirty years, Barbe now works as the vice president of regional operations at Mercy Clinic in Springfield, Missouri.

The doctor was appointed as AMA’s president-elect by a vote of his peers at the society’s annual meeting on June 14.

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