Lexington physician will lead American Medical Association

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A Kentucky physician has been chosen to head the American Medical Association.

Dr. Ardis Hoven of Lexington, an infectious-disease specialist, ran unopposed and will be the AMA’s 168th president and the third woman to hold the position.

“The honor here is that I’ve been given a large responsibility, of which I’m very aware,” she said. “We have the opportunity to take medicine, to take health care, to a better place.”

Hoven was at the forefront in battling the first wave of the AIDS epidemic, reports Cheryl Truman of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Hoven, a Cincinnati native, was president of the Kentucky Medical Association from 1993-94 and was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2005. (Read more)

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