Former AMA president now leads World Medical Assn.

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 22, 2012

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Cecil B. Wilson, MD, former president of the American Medical Association, is the new president of the World Medical Assn.

Dr. Wilson, a Florida internist, will help lead policymaking and represent the WMA around the world. He previously served on the organization’s committees on finance and planning, medical ethics and sociomedical affairs.“Dr. Wilson has played a pivotal role in promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health in the U.S. through his leadership at the AMA,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD. “His exceptional knowledge and experience will undoubtedly allow him to be an asset to the WMA and physicians around the world as we tackle some of health care’s most challenging issues.”

In his inaugural speech in October, Dr. Wilson said ethics in medicine, the threat of climate change and diseases caused by lifestyle behaviors such as smoking and obesity pose challenges to doctors worldwide. He was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2002, served as chair during 2006-07 and became AMA president in 2010.

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