The American Medical Association inaugurated John Nelson, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist from Salt Lake City, as its 2004-05 president during the organization's annual meeting in Chicago.
Nelson, a father of eight who celebrated his 36th wedding anniversary Tuesday, the same day as his inauguration, said he had three key priorities for his tenure: providing healthcare coverage to all Americans, reforming Medicare and creating a "better, fairer liability system" for physicians.
Nelson replaced Donald Palmisano, M.D., a New Orleans surgeon.
As president-elect, AMA delegates voted in J. Edward Hill, a family physician from Tupelo, Miss., who chaired the AMA board of trustees in 2002-03.
In addition, Temple, Texas, cardiologist Jim Rohack, M.D., took over as chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. Rohack is a past president of Texas Medical Association, a former TMA delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and past chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education.