Former American Medical Association chair Raymond Scalettar, M.D., will challenge incumbent chair Thomas Reardon, M.D., for one of the AMA's most prestigious and lucrative jobs.
It's the first time in five years that the post of president-elect, which entails three years of service with annual pay of more than $200,000, has been contested, Scalettar said.
The Washington rheumatologist was nominated last week by the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He cited an "extraordinary groundswell" of people who begged him to run.
Scalettar said he will use the post to "restore confidence and credibility" to the AMA board, which was rocked by the Sunbeam Corp. endorsement scandal.
"To say the board did not know (about the impending Sunbeam deal) is a failure to fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities," he said.
Scalettar served on the AMA board from 1985 through 1994 and was chair in 1992-93. He ran for president-elect unsuccessfully in 1993.
An election will take place at the annual AMA House of Delegates meeting, which starts June 14 in Chicago.