AMA names Carmel as next prez

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Peter W. Carmel, MD, a pediatric neurosurgeon from New York City, with a practice in Newark, N.J., was named president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA). He will assume the office in June 2011.

Carmel was first elected to the AMA board of trustees in 2002, and re-elected in 2006. A member of the AMA’s house of delegates for 17 years, Carmel served as chair of the Specialty and Service Society. From 2006 to 2007, Carmel served as president of the AMA Foundation and currently sits on its board of directors.

Carmel is currently chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the New Jersey Medical School and co-medical director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey.