Robert Wah, M.D. Class of 1983, inducted as AMA president
Dr. Wah will visit OHSU in September to deliver Mark Hatfield Memorial Lecture
On June 10, Robert M. Wah, M.D. ’83, a reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn in McLean, Va., and a member of the M.D. Class of 1983, was sworn in as the 169th president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization.
Dr. Wah, who is the organization’s first Chinese-American president, will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA’s three strategic areas: improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education, and enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to lead the AMA during this important time,” said Dr. Wah. “I believe physicians must work together to shape the unprecedented changes happening in health care and I am dedicated to being a strong voice for America’s physicians and the patients we serve."
Dr. Wah served more than 23 years on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. A nationally recognized expert in health information technology, he was the first deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), working to advance the president’s executive order to have electronic medical records for most Americans by 2014. Dr. Wah now practices and teaches at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health. He also serves as chief medical officer for Computer Sciences Corporation.
“The one constant in the field of medicine is change, and I believe physicians are not only advocates for medicine but drivers of change and innovation. I see change as an opportunity” said Dr. Wah. “I’m inspired by the power and impact of what we as physicians can do together. My message to physicians is that we need to share our diverse perspectives and experiences and take full advantage of opportunities to innovate and improve care for our patients and the communities we are privileged to serve.”
Mark your calendars
We are thrilled to share that Dr. Wah will visit OHSU on Sept. 30 to deliver the annual Mark O. Hatfield Memorial Lecture. Save the date.
The late Sen. Hatfield was a tireless advocate for health care, research and education. To honor his legacy, OHSU holds an annual lecture in his name.
Accelerating change in medical education
The school shares another important connection with the AMA. As one of 11 schools selected as recipients of the American Medical Association’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education grants, the School of Medicine is part of the AMA learning consortium – or ACE – to rapidly disseminate ideas and best practices to other medical and health profession schools.