Dr. Alan R. Nelson, a Salt Lake internist and endocrinologist, is president-elect of the American Medical Association. He gained the national post this week at the AMA's House of Delegates meeting in Chicago.
After serving terms as both vice chairman and chairman of the board of trustees, Nelson was the unanimous choice to follow Dr. James E. David as next year's national president.First elected to the AMA House of Delegates in 1974, Nelson has served in the councils on legislation, constitution & bylaws, and long-range planning & development. He was chairman of the AMA Ad Hoc Commission on Vaccine Injury Compensation and has presented AMA testimony at national congressional hearings on vaccine injury, peer review, health costs, national health insurance and more.
Some of his other responsibilities have included secretary-treasurer of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals and membership on the Council of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
Nelson, a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine, is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He and his wife, Gwen have three children: John, Shannon, and Alan L.