Navigation Links
AMA Immediate Past President Ron Davis Loses Battle With Cancer, Leaves Enduring AMA and Public Health Legacy
Date:11/7/2008

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) announced today that Immediate Past President and public health leader Ronald M. Davis, M.D., 52, died Thursday at his home outside East Lansing, Michigan. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last February.

Dr. Davis, a preventive medicine physician, served as the 162nd president of the AMA from June 2007 to June 2008. He led the AMA's focus on preventive medicine and had been a longtime public health and anti-tobacco advocate. Dr. Davis also pushed the AMA to focus more on its "healthy lifestyles" platform, doing so with presentations around the nation that included informative and even humorous observations about a general lack of fitness, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use in this country.

"The health care community has lost an extraordinary leader. To his fellow physicians and the patients they serve, Ron's legacy as a public health advocate will not be forgotten," said AMA President Nancy Nielsen, M.D., who succeeded Dr. Davis at the end of his presidential term last June. "My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of our entire AMA community, are with his wife Nadine, their sons and extended family during this difficult time."

Dr. Davis led the American Medical Association in its historic 2008 apology to African-American physicians. As co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities, he served alongside the president of the National Medical Association, the nation's largest African-American physician organization.

Not only a talented physician, Dr. Davis also had a flair for writing. He was the founding editor of Tobacco Control, and international peer-reviewed journal published by the British Medical Association and North American editor of the British Medical Journal.

Even facing a serious illness, Dr. Davis remained a relentless advocate. He used his cancer diagnosis to educate the public about patient Web sites such as CarePages.com and CaringBridge.com, which enable patients to communicate widely about their disease and treatment. In addition to keeping extended family and friends updated on a patient's progress, these sites allow supporters to send encouragement to the patient, building a community of support in the process.

Through his cancer treatment, he continued to work tirelessly as a leader in organized medicine. His remarks to the AMA's House of Delegates last June were most memorable as members were aware of his terminal illness. He even joked about the baldness caused by his chemotherapy. In spite of the odds against someone with a diagnosis that included such a slim chance of long-term survival, "Never take away someone's hope," Dr. Davis said. His fellow physicians agreed and cheered his courage.

Dr. Davis received many honors throughout his career, including the Surgeon General's Medallion, and most recently the American Public Health Association's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award for his career-long fight against alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Dr. Davis served three terms on the AMA Board of Trustees. He was elected to the AMA Board in 2001 and was re-elected in 2005. His first term began in 1984, when he served three years as the first resident physician member of the AMA Board. During his tenure as an AMA board member, Dr. Davis served as chair of the Board Finance and Audit Committees, AMA representative to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, and AMA liaison to the Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Davis' distinguished career as a public health official includes positions as medical director for the Michigan Department of Public Health and director of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. He most recently served as the director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Dr. Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, then his medical degree and Master's degree in public policy studies from the University of Chicago. He completed epidemiology training and the preventive medicine residency program at the CDC.

Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Nadine, and three sons, Jared, Evan and Connor.


'/>"/>
SOURCE American Medical Association
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Mylan Receives Final Approval for First-to-File Generic Version of Antiepileptic Keppra(R) and Launches Immediately
2. LegalView Reintroduces its Medical Malpractice Information Portal with Updated Links to Finding Immediate Legal Assistance
3. Urgent Care Provider NextCare Opens First Immediate Care Clinic in Texas
4. Lutronic Announces FDA Clearance and Immediate Availability of Its eCO2, the First Multi-Functional Fractional CO2 Laser System
5. Seniors with type 2 diabetes may experience memory declines immediately after eating unhealthy meal
6. Monogram Biosciences Announces Immediate Availability of Enhanced Sensitivity Trofile(TM) HIV Tropism Assay
7. Establishing a Price for Carbon Emissions in the U.S. Would Spur Immediate Reductions in Energy Consumption and More Efficient Use of Power Generators, Study by Carnegie Mellon Researchers Shows
8. Seven Clinical Presentations on Tapentadol Immediate Release for Acute Pain to Be Featured at 2008 American Pain Society Annual Meeting
9. Consumer Watchdog Applauds L.A. City Attorneys Efforts to Reinstate Cancelled Blue Cross Patients; Urges State HMO Regulator to Immediately Reinstate Coverage
10. Tasker Products Receives USDA Consent to Begin Immediate Commercialization of Tasker Clear Throughout Entire Poultry Processing Operations
11. RN Leaders of California Nurses Association/NNOC Demand Andy Stern Immediately Cease SEIUs Harassment and Stalking of Nurses at Home and on Patient Care Floors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... If you are feeling that your ... are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.9% ... diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Steve Helwig & Associates Insurance & ... community enrichment program, has teamed up with Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse in support ... abuse. To support all those victimized by the fear of violence in their own ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... serving the greater Venice, FL area, has initiated a fundraiser for a two ... accident just four days after Christmas. To support this beautiful child who is ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... firm, announced today that nominations will be accepted February 8, 2016 through ... , Awards include the Information Security Executive® of the Year, which ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Eating disorders and post-traumatic stress ... women and men with eating disorders report a history of trauma, research suggests ... of an eating disorder. , At the 2016 iaedp Symposium, the workshop, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... BioPharma Corp. (CTI BioPharma) (NASDAQ and MTA:CTIC) today announced ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 4, 2016, ... on the clinical studies being conducted under the Company,s ... hold impacts part of the clinical work currently being ... clinical trials. --> ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... 2016  Despite the recent explosion in Big Data, ... to embrace Big Data due to the inherent costs ... side, organizations have begun looking to Big Data as ... adherence. --> --> ... LLC, Big Data has started informing many decisions. In ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... -- Redwood Scientific Technologies, Inc. announced today the development and ... balance their hormones. This product will be featuring Redwood,s ... Cardiff , President and CEO. "I am proud that ... of women across the country and around the world ... research and development team is confident that through the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: