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

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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 Detr
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