The American Medical Association last week announced the resignation of its vice president for communications, Lewis Crampton, who served as the spokesman during the AMA's recent Sunbeam scandal. Crampton resigned Feb. 2, and his last day will be Feb. 16.
Crampton, 59, is the sixth senior official to leave the AMA since its controversial licensing deal with Sunbeam Corp. was announced last August.
Crampton said he had no advance knowledge of the deal, but he assumed a major role in explaining publicly how the AMA came to accept royalties for endorsing products.
The departure coincided with a reorganization of AMA senior management announced last week.
The AMA's for-mer director of strategic communication, Emerson Moran, was named interim vice president for communications/core identity, a new position. The reorganization created senior vice presidents for four "core areas." It was among the first actions of interim Executive Vice President Lynn Jensen.