Meet Dr. Patrice Harris, the First Black Woman Elected President of the American Medical Association

During the annual House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Patrice Harris was elected as the first black woman President of the American Medical Association. Harris was first elected to the AMA’s board of trustees in 2011 as the lead to combat the opioid epidemic.

The American Medical Association was founded in 1847 after the calling for a national medical convention by Dr. Nathan S. Davis at the New York Medical Association in 1845. The organization has worked to create healthier future for patients while advocating against racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare.

Harris received a medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine prior to completing a psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.

“It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymakers and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system,” said Harris.

I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art

Dr. Patrice Harris will be the first black woman elected as president and the second consecutive woman to lead the Association succeeding oncologist Dr. Barbara McAneny. Harris presidency will begin in 2019.

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