The American Medical Association has named Dr. Susan Bailey as its new president-elect.
The Texas-based allergist and immunologist will be the third consecutive woman physician to hold the office, according to the association.
Bailey, 63, will oversee one of the largest medical associations in the country. The AMA, headquartered in Chicago, has more than 250,000 members.
The association represents physicians and other stakeholders while also promoting "the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health." This includes addressing the nation's opioid epidemic and other issues within the health care industry.
Bailey has served in numerous leadership positions, including as president of the Texas Medical Association and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education. She has more than 30 years of clinical practice and experience.
She will officially take office in June 2020.