Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree, a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist from Oklahoma City, was re-elected to another term on the American Medical Association's board of trustees, while Dr. William Kobler, a family physician from Rockford, Ill., was elected to his first term.Also running were Dr. Carolyn Evans, a Texas pediatrician, and Dr. Lee Morisy, a Tennessee surgeon.
The election took place Tuesday morning at the annual AMA House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. Candidates introduced themselves Saturday with two-minute speeches and spent the next days visiting state and specialty society meetings and regional caucuses.
There was originally only one open seat on the board, but another vacancy was created when Dr. Ardis Hoven, running unopposed, was selected as the association's president-elect
In 1998, McCaffree became the first woman elected president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and she is the current chair of the AMA board's Finance Committee. Kobler was the 2003-04 president of the Illinois State Medical Society, and he was chairman of the AMA's advisory panel for socio-economic matters, the Council on Medical Service, in 2010.
Malini Daniel was installed as the board's medical student representative on Monday. Daniel is attending the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., with a concentration in health services research and policy. She is scheduled to graduate in 2013.