by Kate Alfano, CMS Director of Communications and Marketing

Your elected delegation to the American Medical Association and Colorado medical student leaders traveled to Chicago in June to represent all physicians in our state at the AMA Annual Meeting. The meeting brings together hundreds of physicians from around the country to consider a wide array of proposals to help fulfill the AMA’s mission of promoting medicine and improving public health.

Top Colorado highlights from the meeting:

  • Tamaan K. Osbourne-Roberts, MD, MBA, FAAFP, DiplABLM, was  reelected to the AMA Council on Science & Public Health. 
  • Jan Kief, MD, was reappointed to the AMA Council on Long Range Planning & Development.
  • Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, received an AMA Foundation 2023 Excellence in Medicine Award; more information below.

The AMA continues to advocate for Medicare physician payment reform, as part of their AMA Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians. Outgoing AMA President Jack Resneck Jr., MD, said “This cannot wait; we are past the breaking point. Our patients are counting on us to deliver the message that access to health care is jeopardized by Medicare’s payment system. Being mad isn’t enough. We will develop a campaign—targeted and grassroots—that will drive home our message.”

Additionally, the AMA installed a new president, Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, who is a practicing anesthesiologist, senior associate dean, and tenured professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the first openly gay person to hold the office of AMA president. And Bruce A. Scott, MD, an otolaryngologist from Kentucky, was elected president-elect of the AMA. Scott will be a special guest at the CMS Annual Meeting in Vail in September.

Thank you to these leaders who serve on the Colorado delegation to the AMA:

  • David Downs, MD, FACP
  • Carolynn Francavilla, MD
  • Jan Kief, MD
  • Rachelle Klammer, MD
  • A. "Lee" Morgan, MD
  • Tamaan K. Osbourne-Roberts,
  • Lynn Parry MSc, MD
  • Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS
  • Michael Volz, MD

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, receives AMA Foundation 2023 Excellence in Medicine Award 

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, received the American Medical Association Foundation Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism, which honors people dedicated to the principles of medical ethics and the highest standards of medical practice and who have made an outstanding contribution through active service in medical ethics activities. The award is in partnership with the American Medical Association.

Wynia directs the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The center runs an annual Aspen Ethical Leadership Program and major community engagement programs, including the Holocaust Genocide Contemporary Bioethics program and the “Hard Call” podcast series. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wynia spent 18 years at the AMA, where he led the Institute for Ethics and the Center for Patient Safety and was director of patient and physician engagement. He also led the project on the history of African Americans and the medical profession that, in 2008, prompted the AMA’s public apology for a legacy of racial discrimination and exclusion in organized medicine.

Wynia has delivered more than two dozen named lectures and visiting professorships and he is an author of more than 230 academic publications. He is a fellow of The Hastings Center, past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and past chair of the Ethics Forum of the American Public Health Association and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine.

In his honor, the AMAF awarded a $2,500 grant to the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

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