The American Medical Association has named Steven J. Stack, M.D., an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, Ky. and a nationally recognized expert in health information technology, as president-elect of the nation's largest physician organization.
From 2007 to 2013, Stack served as chair of the AMA's Health Information Technology Advisory Group. He has also served on multiple federal advisory groups for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, including the Information Exchange, PCAST Report, and Strategic Plan workgroups.
Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2006, Stack was the first board-certified emergency physician to serve as an AMA board member. During the last eight years, he has served in many leadership positions, including AMA board chair and AMA secretary.
After a year-long term as president-elect, Stack will assume the office of AMA president in June 2015, when he will be 43 years old and the youngest president in the past 100 years.
Incoming AMA president Robert Wah, M.D., also has a strong information technology background. He presently practices at the Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Md., and serves as chief medical officer at IT services firm Computer Sciences Corp. Wah was the first deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and was instrumental in setting up an online medication registry for 1.5 million patients displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
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