NMA Annual Conference: “We Will Continue To Advocate For Our Patients”

Dr. Leonard Weather(BlackDoctor.org) — NMA President Leonard Weather, RPh, MD, took the occasion of the NMA’s most recent annual conference to offer words of welcome and to express his “profound gratitude” for the privilege of serving as the 111th NMA president.

“It has been an eventful year, and we remain hopeful for economic recovery as our national leaders grapple with debt issues,” he said. “The NMA will continue to advocate for our patients and our physicians, irrespective of the nation’s financial woes. We should do what we can to ensure that Medicare and Medicaid remain solvent. We also insist that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be given a chance to work. We urge all of you to make your voices heard within your sphere of influence.”

During the Opening Ceremony, major awards of the NMA were presented to the following recipients.

• Practitioner of the Year: Mark A. Grevious, MD, Chicago. A plastic and general surgeon, he is regarded as a thought-leader and pioneer in his field, holding a U.S. patent for a sternal closure device.

• Distinguished Service Award: John E. Arradondo, MD, MPH, Nashville. Through his advocacy, he is credited with initiating education, business and health laws in five states.