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Ronald Davis, former AMA president.

Preventive medicine physician and American Medical Association Immediate Past President Ronald M. Davis, MD, died in November at age 52.


Among his many honors, Davis was awarded the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from APHA's Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Section and the Surgeon General's Medallion.

An APHA member, Davis led the American Medical Association to its historic 2008 apology to black physicians for excluding them from association policies and pledged to improve the association's relationship with minority physicians and to increase the numbers of such physicians to better reflect America's population.

Davis' distinguished career as a public health official included positions as medical director for the Michigan Department of Public Health and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office on Smoking and Health. He served as director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2008, Davis used the diagnosis to educate the public about patient Web sites such as and, which enable patients to communicate widely about their disease and treatment.
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Title Annotation:In memoriam
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Dec 1, 2008
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