James S. Todd, M.D., former executive vice president of the American Medical Association, died of cancer last week at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 65.
His death was announced during the annual AMA House of Delegates meeting last week in Chicago, where Speaker Richard Corlin, M.D., called for a moment of silence followed by a five-minute break. The AMA didn't disclose what type of cancer Todd suffered from.
Todd retired from the AMA in July 1996 after six years as executive vice president but continued to play a role in association affairs. He served as a consultant and helped launch the AMA's National Patient Safety Foundation. He was named to the foundation's board a week before his death.
In December, Todd wrote a heartfelt tribute to his associate, Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who died of cancer the previous month (Dec. 16, 1996, p. 27).
A surgeon, Todd was elected to the AMA's board of trustees in 1980. In 1985 he was named senior deputy executive vice president. He was a commissioner to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations from 1982 to 1985. Todd was a resident of Ridgewood, where he had a private practice for many years.