Michael A. LeNoir, M.D., a practicing pediatrician and allergist in the San Francisco Bay Area, was installed as the 114th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) during the organization’s 111th annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Toronto, Canada.
The NMA promotes the collective interests of more than 32,000 physicians of African descent and is a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.
“There is no superior collective association of physicians or of health professionals to carry out the fight against health disparities, improving the pipeline for African-American students. The NMA is the trusted advisor to the African-American community, and the underserved on issues related to the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act,” stated LeNoir. “The NMA will continue to foster the kind of research and reforms necessary to meet the needs of our communities, our patients and our colleagues.”
LeNoir is a nationally recognized expert on asthma in the African-American, urban, inner-city and underserved communities. He has been consistently selected as one of America’s most outstanding allergy and asthma specialists, locally and nationally, by US News and World Report.
He has been an active member of the NMA since 1975 and has served in numerous leadership capacities, which equipped him for the role of president. In the research area, he has served as the principal investigator for Project IMPACT, the nation’s premier training and recruitment program targeting, increasing minority participation in clinical trials. This signature program of the NMA has reached thousands of patients and trained over 5,500 African-American health professionals.
LeNoir continues to be a staunch advocate for diversity in clinical trials. LeNoir led the NMA with an innovative childhood immunization program as well as a nationally acclaimed childhood asthma project and several other national governmental and privately funded projects. LeNoir serves as a national example of a private physician who is making an impact with his research on asthma in urban inner cities, and his research on the genetics of asthma has been published in many peer-reviewed journals. For 10 years, LeNoir served in the United States Army, where he spent most of those years supervising pediatric and allergy training programs.
Holding leadership positions in academia, professional medical organizations and in the African-American community, LeNoir has served as the chief executive officer of Ethnic Health America, a health communications company through which he produces and hosts several media programs that air throughout the nation. These programs focus on improving health outcomes in the African-American and underserved communities.
“I look forward to advancing the NMA’s missions and goals, supporting the needs of our membership and enhancing the visibility of this great organization. I will work tirelessly to ensure that the collective voice of the National Medical Association is heard whenever and wherever the concerns of our membership are being considered,” said LeNoir.
Founded in 1895, the NMA is a national, professional and scientific organization representing over 30,000 African-American physicians who are committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnership with federal and private agencies. The NMA has repeatedly advocated for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.
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