On Tuesday night, the AMA House of Delegates elected Atlanta psychiatrist Patrice A. Harris as its next president, which will make her the African American woman to fulfill the role.

“It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymaker and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system. I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art,” said Harris.

She added: “The American Medical Association has well-crafted policy concerning the changing health care environment in this country and I look forward to using my voice to help improve health care for patients and their physicians.”

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