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Albuquerque Physician Elected AMA President

Albuquerque Physician Elected AMA President

McAneny Built New Mexico Cancer Center

Albuquerque oncologist Barbara L. McAneny was elected president of the American Medical Association (AMA) today as physicians gathered in Chicago for their annual meeting. She will assume the office in June 2018, following a year-long term as president-elect.

“It is a deep honor and privilege to be elected a leader of an organization that is committed to serving as a strong physician voice and a dedicated patient advocate,” said McAneny in a press release. “The AMA will play a pivotal role in the changing health care environment as our nation confronts pressing health care issues. With vision and perseverance, I look forward to creating a brighter future for patients and the medical profession.”

McAneny is an actively practicing physician, successful businesswoman, and co-founder and CEO of a multi-disciplinary oncology practice, New Mexico Oncology Hematology Consultants Ltd.

She also built and manages the New Mexico Cancer Center, which provides comprehensive outpatient medical, and radiation oncology care and imaging at several under-served rural areas across New Mexico, including sites in Albuquerque and Gallup.

She received the New Mexico Woman on the Move Award in 2005 and Woman of Influence Award in 2009, and has been voted multiple times by her peers as Albuquerque The Magazine’s “Top Doc” in her specialty.

At the national level, she established a reputation as an innovator after being awarded a federal grant in 2012 to develop the Community Oncology Medical Home Model that demonstrates improved outcomes and patient satisfaction with reduced hospitalizations and costs.

McAneny has been an AMA board member since 2010, serving as board chair from 2015 to 2016. Prior to her election to the AMA board, McAneny served on the board for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and was the delegate to the AMA from ASCO.

She has held many leadership roles in medicine including president of the New Mexico Medical Society, president of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association, and president of the New Mexico Chapter of the American College of Physicians. She served as chair of the AMA Council of Medical Service from 2009 to 2010.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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