By Samantha Cart
West Virginia native Dr. Patrice Harris is taking the national stage in health care leadership this year as the first-ever African-American female president of the American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians and medical students in the U.S.
“The duty of any first is to make sure there is a second.”
These words serve as a powerful motivator for Dr. Patrice Harris, president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), who will become the organization’s first African-American female president when she is inaugurated in June.
“Every president brings their own unique lens through which they view the work of the AMA, and I think that is important,” says Harris. “I hope I can be evidence and inspiration to young women, particularly young black women, that they can aspire to the ultimate leadership position in their profession no matter what profession they choose. I am very proud to be the first African-American female president of the AMA. It’s an honor and a privilege but also a great responsibility, and it will be my role to make sure there are more to come.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Department of Neuroscience has teamed up with Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute for the first annual Brain Camp.
WVU Alumni in the News: New Prescription: Ohio Valley Native Dr. Patrice Harris Is First Black Woman To Lead AMA
Dr. Patrice Harris took the oath in June to become the first African-American woman to serve as president of the powerful American Medical Association, the largest professional association for physicians in the United States.
This month’s quote is paraphrased from a statement made by William ‘Bill” Ramsey, MD, associate vice president for coordination and logistics and chief collaboration officer at West Virginia University. I was visiting WVU as the director of the Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (dvcipm.org), an organization under the Uniformed Services University as part of a pain research partnership between the two medical universities.