(CHICAGO) -- With an uncontested race, the outcome was all but certain ... but the celebration was real.
After a four-year stint in the No. 2 spot, Fort Worth allergist Sue Bailey, MD, today won election as speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates. She moved up one notch after the current speaker -- Andy Gurman, MD, of Pennsylvania, was chosen AMA president-elect.
"I love this house, and I love this organization," Dr. Bailey said after the delegates elected her by acclamation. "I look forward to continuing our robust work to improve the health of our nation together."
|Dr. Henkes nominating Dr. Bailey|
David Henkes, MD, of San Antonio, chair of the Texas Delegation to the AMA, placed Dr. Bailey's name in nomination. "Sue Bailey is a good person, a nice person, a wise person, and a wonderful mentor," Dr. Henkes said. "I guarantee you, the physicians of Texas would follow wherever she leads – and this house would be well-advised to do the same."
Dr. Bailey has a long history of service to organized medicine, beginning with her stints as chair of the medical student sections of both the Texas Medical Association and the AMA. She chaired the TMA Council on Communication and served as speaker of the TMA House of Delegates before winning election as TMA's 145th president in 2010. She also was president of the Tarrant County Medical Society.
At the AMA, she has served as chair of the Texas Delegation, as a member and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, and as the AMA representative on the board of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. She has served as vice speaker of the AMA House of Delegates since 2011.
|Dr. Gurman (l) congratulates Dr. Bailey|
Dr. Bailey is an allergist in private practice at Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates. She previously served as an associate consultant at the Mayo Clinic's department of pediatrics in Rochester, Minn. She is board certified in allergy, and immunology, and pediatrics.
Dr. Bailey received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and later served on the A&M Board of Regents. She completed her residency in general pediatrics and her fellowship in allergy/immunology at Minnesota's Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.