02.25.2020

AMA President Dr. Harris among top 25 minority leaders in medicine

Hospital and health system presidents, vice presidents and CEOs, and other experts in the medical field were named to the biennial list of the top 25 minority leaders in health care set out by the editors of the trade publication Modern Healthcare.

Many of those who made the list were physicians who use their positions to influence policy and care delivery models across the country. Their work highlights the continued need to nurture diversity in their organizations. Among this year’s honorees, six are AMA members.

AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, was named to the list. Dr. Harris is recognized for being the first African American woman to serve as president of the AMA. During her time in AMA elected leadership, she has focused on addressing implicit bias in health care, including at medical schools and in hiring practices.

Dr. Harris continues to serve as chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force, which she has led since its inception in 2014. She was also instrumental in the AMA hiring its first ever chief health equity officer, Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH. Read this great Q&A with Dr. Maybank.

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