ER doc Stack named AMA pres­i­dent-elect

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Who: Dr. Steven Stack, 42, new pres­i­dent-elect of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pre­vi­ous role: Chair­man of the AMA’s board of trustees. “The chair or­ga­nizes the agenda, is the board’s prin­ci­ple con­tact with the CEO. They act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor. I worked with our CEO, Dr. James Madara, on our strate­gic plan to boldly re­form med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, im­prove our pa­tients’ out­comes and im­prove physi­cian sat­is­fac­tion.”

New fo­cus: “As pres­i­dent-elect and then pres­i­dent, I’ll have the tremen­dous honor to be the prin­ci­pal spokesper­son for the AMA. I’m an emer­gency physi­cian. I have no agenda but the bet­ter­ment of health­care for our pa­tients. I’ll use the sto­ries that are part of my life ta­pes­try to bring that to light.”

IT, the right way: “I am a cheer­leader for health IT done well. But we are tak­ing one-fifth of our econ­omy on a forced march, un­der threat of penalty, to adopt tech­nol­ogy that’s not yet ma­ture. Adopt­ing IT takes a flex­i­ble ap­proach.”

Team ap­proach: “We’re at a point of his­tory marked by con­fronta­tion and po­lar­iza­tion and dis­agree­ing with each other. We have to work bet­ter at col­lab­o­rat­ing. The AMA wants to help physi­cians have an en­vi­ron­ment that sup­ports their work and en­sures that the doc­tor-pa­tient re­la­tion­ship continues to serve us well as it has for such a long time.”

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