American Medical Association President Ronald Davis, M.D., informed the AMA board that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
In June 2007, Davis, 51, was elected the second-youngest president in AMA history. The AMA said Davis will continue to serve as president, though his activities will be curtailed as he begins immediate treatment, and other board members will assume some of his official duties.
The AMA said that Davis wishes to openly share information about his health and treatment and has established a personal Web site at CarePages.com, where he can post updates and receive messages.
Born in Chicago, Davis is a preventive-medicine physician from East Lansing, Mich. He served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Office on Smoking and Health from 1987 to 1991, and then as chief medical officer of the Michigan Department of Public Health, which is now called the Office of Public Health, between 1991 and 1995. Davis has been the director of the Detroit-based Henry Ford Health Systems Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention since 1995.