Meet The American Medical Association’s First Ever Black Woman President

Posted On : 06/19/2018

A special congratulations goes out to Patrice A. Harris, M.D., a psychiatrist from Atlanta, Ga.

Dr Harris has been elected as the new president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA) by her fellow physicians.

She is the first African-American woman to hold the office.

The American Medical Association aims to enable a better health care system for both patients and physicians.

 She Was First Elected To The Board In 2011


Patrice Harris, MD, a native of Bluefield, WV, is one of the nation’s leading psychiatrists.

“It will be my honor to represent the nation’s physicians at the forefront of discussions when policymaker and lawmakers search for practical solutions to the challenges in our nation’s health system. I am committed to preserving the central role of the physician-patient relationship in our healing art,” Dr. Harris said in a statement.

“The American Medical Association has well-crafted policy concerning the changing health care environment in this country and I look forward to using my voice to help improve health care for patients and their physicians.”

She was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2011 and has held the executive offices of AMA board secretary and AMA board chair.

She Has A List Of Accomplishments


Dr. Harris received her medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

She went on to complete a psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.  Her hard work saw her inducted in 2007 to the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

The same year saw Dr. Harris be selected as Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association.

Dr. Harris has also served as medical director for the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

She continues in private practice and consults with both public and private organizations on the state of the health service. 

Following a year-long term as AMA president-elect, she will be installed as the AMA president in June 2019.

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