On June 15, 2016, Andrew Gurman, MD, an orthopedic hand
surgeon from Altoona, was inaugurated as the President of the American Medical
Association (AMA). Dr. Gurman is also a longtime member of the Pennsylvania
Medical Society (PAMED) and the Blair County Medical Society.
Dr. Gurman has taken on many leadership roles within organized medicine, including serving both as
speaker of PAMED’s House of Delegates and speaker of the AMA House of
In a recent interview with Medpage Today,
Dr. Gurman described his journey into leadership as a happy accident. “I did
not go into practice thinking that I would be or even wanted to be involved in
organized medicine, let alone president of the AMA,” he said.
During Dr. Gurman’s time as AMA leader, the AMA will be
working on three strategic focus areas:
- Practice sustainability and physician satisfaction
- Accelerating change in medical education
- Improving health outcomes
“Getting involved in organized
medicine and participating in leadership has been one of the most rewarding
experiences of my career in medicine,” Dr. Gurman told PAMED. “The people that
I have met are extraordinary. They are bright, committed, and caring.”
PAMED congratulates Dr. Gurman on his success and wishes him
well during his yearlong tenure as AMA president.