Dr. James Madara
CEO and executive vice president, American Medical Association
Madara has headed the physician organization since 2011. He oversees the ongoing rollout of the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, which seeks to reform Medicare payment; reduce burdensome prior authorizations; stop the expansion of physicians’ scope of practice; reduce burnout; address the stigma around mental health; and support advancement of telehealth. Under his leadership in 2023, the AMA worked with other leading organizations to launch the Rise to Health Coalition, aimed at advancing equity and racial justice in healthcare. Before joining the AMA, Madara held leadership positions at Harvard Medical School, Emory University, and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was CEO. He co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s Value Incentives and Systems Action Collaborative and chairs the AMA subsidiary Health2047, which invests in the growth of companies working to improve chronic care, data use, productivity and value.