Alberta Medical Association

Alberta Medical Association

September 29, 2005 17:00 ET

Alberta Medical Association Appoints New President and Hears Address by New Canadian Medical Association President

BANFF, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) will induct its new president for 2005-06 this Saturday, October 1, as part of their annual general meeting and Representative Forum to be held at the Rimrock Hotel in Banff, Alberta.

Dr. Tzu-Kuang (T.K.) Lee will officially begin his term as president of the AMA during the meeting. Dr. Lee, an Edmonton internist, has had an active clinical practice for more than two decades and has been on staff at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital since 1979. Dr. Lee has also been a clinical professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Alberta since 1997 and has received numerous local, provincial and national awards for medical teaching. Dr. Lee has been a member of the AMA's Board of Directors since 2002 and a member of the Representative Forum since 2001. He has also served on several medical advisory boards including the Section of General Internal Medicine Task Force on reorganizing delivery services in 1995.

That same day, outgoing president Dr. Jane E. Ballantine will deliver her valedictory address, reflecting on her term and the issues, challenges and opportunities that emerged during the past year.

Saturday's meeting will also feature an address by Dr. Ruth L. Collins-Nakai who became the new Canadian Medical Association (CMA) president at the association's August 17 annual meeting. Dr. Collins-Nakai, an Edmonton pediatric cardiologist and former professor at the University of Alberta, has previously served as president of the Alberta Cardiovascular Society and member of the Premier's Commission on Future Health Care for Alberta. In 1987 she became the first woman elected president of the AMA and was both the first woman and first Canadian to chair the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology. Most recently she was the first woman president of both the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and InterAmerican Society of Cardiology. She has represented Alberta as a delegate to CMA General Council and served a term on the CMA Board. She has been a member of the Physician Resources Committee, various task forces, the Committee of Affiliates, and the CMAJ Oversight Committee.

Representative Forum is the governing body of the AMA. It includes representatives of all sectors of the profession - specialty sections, regions, students, residents, past presidents and deans of medicine. The AMA president serves a one-year term, in addition to one year each as president-elect and immediate past president. The Representative Forum meets at least twice a year to establish policy and set direction.

As requested by attendees, some September 30 and October 1 Representative Forum sessions will be closed to the media. For further information, please discuss with contacts below.

Contact Information

  • Alberta Medical Association
    Ronald Kustra
    Assistant Executive Director, Public Affairs
    Cell: (780) 990-4271
    Alberta Medical Association
    Shannon Rupnarain
    Manager, Public Affairs
    Cell: (780) 499-8285