Doctors pick new chief for powerful trade group

The American Medical Association (AMA) has selected Dr. Steven Stack, an emergency physician and expert in health information technology, as president-elect.

Announced Monday, the AMA's decision indicates the importance of health IT to the group's policy outlook.

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Stack has advised both the AMA and the federal government on electronic health records for several years, and is considered well positioned to advocate for doctors as they work to implement the Meaningful Use program.

"It is a deep honor and privilege to be named president-elect of an organization that is committed to serving as a strong physician voice and a dedicated patient advocate on the pressing health care issues confronting our nation," Stack said in a statement.

"With vision and perseverance, I look forward to creating a brighter future for patients and the medical profession."

Stack was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2006 and held various leadership positions within the group, including board chairman and secretary.

He also has strong ties to the administration's Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, having served on several advisory boards there.

The AMA noted that when Stack, 43, becomes president of the group in 2015, he will be its youngest leader in the last 100 years.