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Mental health integration focus for new AMA president

June 20, 2012
by Charlene Marietti
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has inaugurated Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, as their 167th president at their annual meeting. In his inaugural address, he pledged to lead the nation’s largest physician organization toward a better health care system.In his inaugural address, Dr. Lazarus told the assembly, “As AMA president, my focus will include the need to better integrate mental health care into other aspects of medical care - to provide more resources to treat more people,” said Dr. Lazarus. “For our specialty, taking a person whose mental health is in jeopardy – and helping them toward recovery – is like watching someone walk again, or curing cancer.”

Dr. Lazarus has also pledged to assist the mental health needs of combat troops, veterans and their families, as well as victims of violence and abuse.

The board-certified psychiatrist is in private practice in Denver and holds academic appointments as clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and a voluntary professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.