Ronald Davis, the immediate past president of the American Medical Association, died Thursday at his home outside East Lansing, Mich. Davis, a 52-year-old preventive-medicine specialist, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February.
A benefit of being a physician is that I understand whats happening to me, he told the AMAs annual House of Delegates in June. But a disadvantage of being a physician is that I understand whats happening to me. As a physician, I know the survival statistics for someone with stage IV pancreatic cancer, but, if the five-year survival is 5%, thats not zero. So never take away someones hope.
During his address, he also called on doctors to promote their patients health by promoting a healthier planet and asked, Why shouldnt physicians be the loudest advocates for a safe and healthy world?
Davis had been the director of the Detroit-based Henry Ford Health Systems Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention since 1995. He was also the founding editor of Tobacco Control, a journal published by the British Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, Nadine, and three sons. -- by Andis Robeznieks