The National Medical Association announced that civil rights advocate and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume has been appointed as the 115-year-old African-American physician organization's new executive leader. Mfume, 61, will start March 29, and he replaces Mohammad Akhter, who has been executive director since May 1, 2007.
A native of Baltimore, Mfume served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from Maryland's 7th District between 1987 and 1996. From 1996 to 2004, he has was president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Willarda Edwards, president of the NMA, was the national director of the NAACP's Health Advocacy Division.