ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A doctor who has been serving people in New Mexico since 1983 is the new president-elect of the American Medical Association.
Oncologist Dr. Barbara McAneny is the first physician from the Land of Enchantment to be accorded the honor from the AMA and the fourth woman to lead the organization.
“I’m ecstatic!” said McAneny on Tuesday during a break from the annual meeting of the AMA in Chicago. “This is a tremendous honor and privilege,” she said, adding her Twitter feed was blowing up.
Physician delegates at the annual meeting selected her to serve as AMA president-elect through June 2018; at that point, McAneny will assume the full role as president, a salaried position. McAneny, who is eager to continue the work of the AMA in shaping health care in the U.S., said her primary goals are being a dedicated patient advocate and keeping doctors at the forefront of care decisions.
“I’ll be in D.C. a fair amount,” said McAneny of monitoring relevant legislation and promoting access to the most affordable and highest levels of care for Americans as healthcare policy evolves. “The AMA will play a pivotal role in the changing health care environment as our nation confronts pressing health care issues.”
The AMA is a national association of physicians, founded in 1847, whose stated mission is to promote “the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.”