Jim Rohack, MD, who has been a leader in organized medicine since he was a medical student in Galveston, was unanimously chosen president-elect of the American Medical Association today. Dr. Rohack, a cardiologist from Temple, Texas, will be installed as the 164th AMA president next June.
Under his leadership, Dr. Rohack pledged, the AMA will be "clear, focused, and forceful" in advocating on behalf of American physicians and their patients.
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Sue Rudd Bailey, MD, the chair of the Texas Delegation to the AMA, nominated Dr. Rohack for office.
"In everything that Jim does," she said, "he's always the best prepared, always has the deepest understanding, always has the highest standards, and never, ever forgets his love for the medical profession and the physician-patient relationship."
Dr. Rohack, a former TMA president, is senior staff cardiologist at Scott & White Clinic in Temple. He is a professor in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. He is treasurer of the board of commissioners of the Joint Commission. He also chairs the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and is one of the principals of the Hospital Quality Alliance.