The American Medical Association inaugurated John Nelson, 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, a New Orleans surgeon. AMA delegates voted in as president-elect J. Edward Hill, a family physician from Tupelo, Miss., who chaired the AMA board of trustees in 2002-03. -- by Michael Romano
Utah OB/GYN becomes AMA's new president
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