CMA has new president

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted April 4, 2005

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Emergency physician Michael J. Sexton, MD, recently was installed as president of the California Medical Assn. during the CMA annual house of delegates meeting.

A member of the Permanente Medical Group for 30 years, Dr. Sexton is the first Permanente physician elected to head CMA. He is on the medical staff at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Rafael, where he headed the emergency department from 1977 to 1983 and was president of the medical staff from 1979 to 1981.

Dr. Sexton has been active in local, state and national medical societies for 31 years, serving as chair and vice chair of the CMA board of trustees and as president of the Marin Medical Society. He has been a member of the CMA board of trustees for 11 years.

"Crushing economic pressures, confusion surrounding quality and the crippling numbers of the uninsured demand that the physicians of the CMA lead California to a better place for our patients," Dr. Sexton said in a statement. "At CMA we have an aggressive agenda to address and fix these challenging problems."

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