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DRLAWRENCESANDERS

DR. LAWRENCE SANDERS

Lawrence Sanders Jr., M.D., a practicing internist and educator in Atlanta, Ga., was installed as the 115th president of the National Medical Association during the 112th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In remarks at his installation ceremony on Aug. 5, Sanders said that the United States is in “the second transformation of medicine,” which calls for  “delivering the highest value possible to each patient and family,” and will require “collaboration and shared ideas” within the medical profession.

Sanders also said that NMA must continue to advocate for “full implementation of health reform with a focus on Medicaid expansion.”

As for his position, Sanders said his priorities for NMA this year include ensuring that NMA remains relevant; building on the NMA’s partnership with the American Medical Association; assuring guidelines account for the disproportionate disease burdens of select populations because of long-standing disparities in health and health care; understanding the potential health consequences of climate change; and strengthening NMA at the state and local levels.

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