Andrew Gurman, MD, an orthopaedic hand surgeon from Altoona, Pa. and member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), was elected president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) on June 6 during the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago. He is the first orthopedic surgeon to serve in this role in 135 years.
He will be inaugurated as the AMA’s 171st president next year on June 14, 2016, and will be the 15th Pennsylvanian to serve as AMA president. The last AMA president from Pennsylvania was William Rial, MD, in 1982-83.
Dr. Gurman previously served as the speaker and vice speaker of PAMED’s House of Delegates and was a member of its board of trustees and executive committee. He also served as chairman of PAMPAC, the political action committee of PAMED.
PAMED congratulates Dr. Gurman on his election to the important role of AMA president-elect.