Radiologist is NMA's new leader

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 4, 2006

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Albert W. Morris Jr., MD, a diagnostic radiologist in Memphis, Tenn., was installed as the 107th president of the National Medical Assn. in August at the group's annual convention.

In his inaugural speech, Dr. Morris said addressing the health status of African-Americans is at the forefront of NMA priorities. During his one-year term as president, Dr. Morris wants the NMA to focus on three key areas: environmental health and disaster preparedness; obesity; and health disparities, including advocacy for universal health insurance.

Dr. Morris has held numerous leadership positions within the NMA, including chair and secretary of the board of trustees, chair of the Council on Scientific Exhibits and chair of Region III. He also was president of the Bluff City (Tenn.) Medical Society, which selected him "Physician of the Year."

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