The American Medical Association has sworn in Robert M. Wah, MD, as its newest president. Following the departure of Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, at the end of her term, Dr. Wah takes the reins of the AMA with three strategic goals in mind: improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education, and enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to lead the AMA during this important time,” said Wah in a public statement. “I believe physicians must work together to shape the unprecedented changes happening in health care and I am dedicated to being a strong voice for America’s physicians and the patients we serve.”
A reproductive endocrinologist with a long history of military service, Wah served as chair of the AMA’s Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2012 and has been a member of the House of Delegates for seventeen years. His tenure comes as the AMA continues to fight the upcoming implementation of ICD-10 and takes issue with the ongoing progress of the EHR Incentive Programs.
“The one constant in the field of medicine is change, and I believe physicians are not only advocates for medicine but drivers of change and innovation. I see change as an opportunity,” Wah said. “I’m inspired by the power and impact of what we as physicians can do together. My message to physicians is that we need to share our diverse perspectives and experiences and take full advantage of opportunities to innovate and improve care for our patients and the communities we are privileged to serve.”