Career

Robert M. Wah, MD

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists congratulates Robert Wah, American Medical Association President 2014-2015. Nominated by ACOG and endorsed by the Southeastern delegation, the Medical Society of Virginia, the AMA Specialty and Service Society, the AMA Section Council on Federal and Military Medicine, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS).

Dr. Wah is a practicing reproductive endocrinologist seeing patients, performing surgery and teaching fellows, residents and medical students at the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He was voted teacher of the year by his residents and served as vice chairman of a large OBGYN clinic with over 200,000 annual visits and 4,000 deliveries in San Diego. He and his team started the first military in vitro fertilization clinic on the west coast. He is chief medical officer for CSC and a leader in health information technology. Dr. Wah has worked at the national level for two cabinet members—the secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense and the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was a leader in setting up a nationwide, online medication registry for 1.5 million patients that fled Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Wah has a distinguished career of service and leadership in organized medicine. He has served in the AMA House of Delegates for over 17 years, was chair of the AMA-YPS, chair of AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development, and has served on the AMA Board of Trustees for eight years. He most recently was chair of the AMA Board 2011–2012 during a time of great transition with hiring of a new CEO and a new editor-in-chief of JAMA. All of this was done smoothly and effectively and AMA membership went up in 2011 and 2012 for the first time in many, many years. Dr. Wah is a top level-6 AMA Outreach recruiter bringing in over 20 new members each year for nearly two decades.

Dr. Wah is a tested, proven leader who brings all stakeholders together and forges consensus and collaboration. He is an articulate and effective advocate for all physicians, successfully advancing our issues in testimony to Congress, meeting with senators and White House members, and speaking in national venues on CBS, CNBC, CSPAN, SkyTV, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and USAToday. Since 2007, Dr. Wah has been ranked No. 10 or so in the Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician magazine readers.

Dr. Wah has served on the faculty at the Harvard Medical School, the University of California, San Diego and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His residency was at the National Naval Medical Center and his fellowship was at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated from the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

With his experience, expertise and dynamic, proven leadership, Dr. Wah will be the AMA president fighting and winning for our physicians and our patients.