The New President of the AMA is a Texan

A cardiologist from Bryan has become president of the American Medical Association.
Dr. J. James Rohack was inaugurated president of the Chicago-based physician organization Tuesday.

"I can promise that our AMA is committed to offering guidance, our expertise, the benefits of our relationship with patients, and the powerful voice of our profession, to help the powers that be make the right decisions," said Dr. Rohack. "This is an effort that will define our organization, define our nation and define each and every one of us." 

First elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2001, Dr. Rohack served a term as board chair in 2004-2005.

In addition to his work with the AMA, Dr. Rohack held leadership positions in his home state of Texas. Dr. Rohack was first elected to represent Texas physicians in the AMA House of Delegates more than 20 years ago. He is a former president and board member of the Texas Medical Association. Dr. Rohack also served as president of the American Heart Association's Texas affiliate.

He is a professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is also director of the Center for Healthcare Policy at Scott & White and medical director for system improvement for Scott & White Health Plan in Temple, where he'll continue his clinical practice.
Rohack got his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at El Paso and earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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