Veteran California lobbyist dies
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 6, 2004
California Medical Assn.'s vice president of government relations, Steven M. Thompson, died Aug. 17, six weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer. Thompson lobbied for the CMA for more than a decade.
"Steve leaves behind a huge legacy of contributions to physicians, and to the health of every Californian," CMA CEO Jack Lewin, MD, wrote in a letter to CMA members Aug. 17. "To say he will be missed is an understatement."
Members of the California Legislature said they would dedicate to Thompson the California Physician Corps, a program he helped get enacted. The program enables physicians to get their medical school and residency loans repaid when they practice in underserved areas.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/09/06/prbf0906.htm.