Lexington internist, Dr. Ardis Hoven, becomes president of the AMA, the nation’s largest physician organization

Ardis Dee Hoven, M.D., an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, was installed as president of the American Medical Association at its annual meeting Tuesday night in Chicago. The AMA is the nation’s largest physician organization.

Dr. Hoven is a graduate of the University of Kentucky medical school, and she has served in numerous leadership position for the AMA, including her first presidential term in 1993-94. Hoven has also served at the UK’s Bluegrass Care Clinic, which treats infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, reports Business Lexington.

The AMA is headquartered in Chicago, and since 1847 it has aimed “to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health,” says its website. Furthermore, the organization’s strategic focus is aligned with many of the health care issues now facing Kentucky, which are improving health outcomes, accelerating change in medical education and enhancing the sustainability of medical practice.

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