Ronald M. Davis, MD (1956-2008)
Wrapping up his year as AMA president, Dr. Davis gave an emotional and inspirational speech to delegates at the opening session of the 2008 Annual Meeting. (Dr. Davis' speech) Continuing to be very public about his advancing cancer, Dr. Davis noted that respondents to an unscientific survey had proclaimed "bald men are hot." Knowing his health would not allow him to attend November's Interim Meeting, Dr. Davis wrote a letter to the house. He died before the meeting opened. Delegates remembered him with a video tribute and a moment of silence.
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