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Lexington physician inaugurated as American Medical Association president

Dr. Steven J. Stack sworn in as 170th president

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 9, 2015) — Dr. Steven J. Stack, an emergency physician practicing in Lexington, was sworn in as the 170th president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization.

Dr. Steven J. Stack
Dr. Steven J. Stack

Stack, who is the organization’s youngest president in the past 160 years, will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA’s three strategic areas: improving health outcomes for the 86 million Americans living with pre-diabetes and the 70 million with hypertension; accelerating change in medical education to ensure physicians are prepared to meet the needs of a 21stCentury health care system; and enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability.

Stack is nationally recognized for his expertise in health information technology—serving as chair of the AMA’s Health Information Technology Advisory Group from 2007 to 2013. He has also served on multiple federal advisory groups for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and as Secretary for eHealth Initiative, a non-profit multi-stakeholder organization committed to advancing health care through health information technology.

Stack has served as medical director of the emergency departments at St. Joseph East in Lexington and St. Joseph Mt. Sterling. He was also previous medical director of the emergency department at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2006, Stack was the first board-certified emergency physician to serve as an AMA board member. During the last eight years, he has served in many leadership positions, including AMA board chair and AMA secretary. Prior to his service on the AMA board, Stack held a distinguished record as an elected leader within numerous state, national and specialty medical associations.