AMA President to Address U Public Health Graduates

AMA President to Address U Public Health Graduates

May 25, 2005 6:00 PM

John C. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., president of the American Medical Association (AMA), will address public health graduates and their guests at the 2005 University of Utah Public Health Graduation Dinner on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. The event honors nearly 50 public health graduates who received their degrees at the Universitys medical school commencement last Saturday. It will be held at The Point Restaurant in the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Nelson, whose speech is titled Partners in a New Vision for America, graduated from the U of U medical school in 1969 and received his masters of public health degree from the U in 1993. He is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in Salt Lake City.

As president of the AMA, Nelson has spoken out on such topics as expanding health care coverage and choice for all Americans; improving clinical quality and patient safety; enhancing early detection and prevention of disease; and addressing violence as a public health threat.

Nelson has an extensive background in medical leadership on both the national and local levels. He has served three terms on the AMAs Board of Trustees, been president of his state and county medical societies, and worked as deputy director of Utahs Department of Health. He was also a charter member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, a forerunner of MedPac that advised the Secretary of Health and Human Services on Medicare issues. More recently, he served on the National Advisory Committee for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Nelson is the first speaker supported by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicines Douglas J. Hammer, J.D., M.P.H., Endowed Lectureship in Public Health. Established in 2004, the lectureship honors Douglas J. Hammer, a faculty member in the Us Public Health Program since 1977 and vice president and general counsel for Intermountain Health Care.

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