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American Medical Association President to Deliver Health Reform Lecture

Cecil Wilson to speak at noon March 18 in Bryant Auditorium

Cecil B. Wilson, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), will deliver a lecture titled "The Affordable Care Act and the Future of American Medicine" at noon Friday, March 18, in MU School of Medicine's Bryant Auditorium, Room M105. Students, residents, faculty members, staff members and community members are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored and organized by the MU medical student section of the AMA. Media should contact the MU School of Medicine Office of Communications at (573) 882-7541 or (573) 884-0298 for accommodations.

An internist from Winter Park, Fla., Dr. Wilson has a distinguished record of service and leadership in organized medicine. He became the 165th president of the AMA in June 2010 and served as chair of the AMA board of trustees from 2006 to 2007.

Dr. Wilson was president of the Florida Medical Association and chair of its board of governors and executive committee. In 2003, he received the association's highest honor, the Certificate of Merit. He served as president of the Orange County Medical Society and of the medical staffs of the Winter Park Memorial Hospital and Florida Hospital Medical Center in Orlando.

Dr. Wilson's service in organized medicine includes leadership in his specialty of internal medicine. He is a past chair of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Board of Regents. He also served on the board of the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) and was a member of the merger committee between ACP and ASIM, which resulted in the largest medical specialty society in the United States. At the state level, Dr. Wilson has received the prestigious Laureate Award for service to internal medicine from the Florida chapter of ACP.

After receiving his medical degree from Emory University, Dr. Wilson interned at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., and completed a residency in internal medicine at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. He served as a Navy flight surgeon, rising to the rank of commander.

Dr. Wilson has been in private practice in central Florida for more than 30 years. In addition to his work in organized medicine, Dr. Wilson has served as a board member of COLA, a physician-run organization that accredits more than 8,000 physician office laboratories nationwide. He is currently a national fellow and adviser for the Center for Global Health and Medical Diplomacy at the University of North Florida, where he is a professor in health administration.

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