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Fortune 500 Executive Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

Christopher Kay to become the only non-physician member of the AMA board

HONOLULU, Hawaii, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christopher Kay, former chief operating officer of Toys "R" Us, Inc., has been newly elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees at the organization's semi-annual policy-making meeting today. Mr. Kay will be the only non-physician member on the board, and is the second person ever to hold the position.

Mr. Kay has spent his career in the private sector, first as a trial lawyer defending physicians in medical liability cases and most recently as an executive with the New Jersey based Fortune 500 company Toys "R" Us, Inc. During his five years at Toys "R" Us, Inc., Mr. Kay served in a succession of positions including corporate secretary, general counsel, executive vice-president of operations, and most recently, chief operating officer.

"Mr. Kay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AMA from his years as an attorney, businessman and community contributor," said AMA Board Chair Edward L. Langston, M.D. "We look forward to his fresh perspective as we work to address the leading health care issues facing our nation."

Over the last 15 years, Mr. Kay has been active in several foundations and charitable organizations. He has held leadership positions on several non-profit boards, including the Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, which provides grants to charities for children in need.

Mr. Kay began his legal career as a trial lawyer with the firm Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, MO where he specialized in medical malpractice defense law. He later worked as an equity partner at the law firms of Swann & Haddock and Foley & Lardner in Orlando, FL, and in 1996, Mr. Kay co-founded Kay, Gronek & Latham, LLP, which became one of the fastest growing law firms in Central Florida. Mr. Kay is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia and Duke University School of Law. He currently resides in Purchase, N.Y.

"I am honored to serve America's patients and physicians as a member of the AMA Board, and plan to apply my prior experience working with physicians toward improving the nation's health care system," said Mr. Kay.

The AMA first voted to add a public member to its Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting in 2001. Mr. Kay will begin his four-year term at the conclusion of the AMA Annual Meeting in June 2008. He replaces Robert McMillan who has served on the board since 2002 as its first non-physician member.

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