SOURCE: Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center

June 19, 2008 10:00 ET

Robert Pugach, MD Elected Vice Chair of the American Medical Association's Organized Medical Staff Governing Council

ORANGE COUNTY, CA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2008) - Dr. Robert Pugach, medical director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center was recently elected Vice Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Organized Medical Staff Governing Council at their June 14-15 meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Pugach previously served as Secretary and the Western States Caucus Chair of this section.

The Organized Medical Staff Governing Council is responsible for making sure the voice of physicians is heard by federal and state legislators, health care agencies, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the insurance industry, and other public and private sector groups. "This committee serves a vital function as an advocate for practicing physicians and our patients to ensure that we have the autonomy to provide quality medical care," says Dr. Pugach.

The Organized Medical Staff Governing Council has been instrumental in getting physician input into major health decision-making policies within the health insurance industry, hospitals and government regulators.

As Vice Chair, Dr. Pugach will assist Dr. Jay Gregory, a general surgeon from Oklahoma, who is chair of the Governing Council section for governance issues. In addition, one of Dr. Pugach's key responsibilities is to serve as a liaison for the OMSS Outreach Program. This program works to enhance the AMA's outreach, communication and interchange with the membership. "I'm honored to have the confidence of my colleagues from across the United States as I assume a new position in the Governing Council," continues Dr. Pugach. "Now, more than ever, physicians must take a stand to preserve our autonomy so we can prevent economic interests from having a negative impact on safe, affordable, quality medical care for our patients."

Dr. Robert Pugach, medical director of Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center, specializes in minimally invasive treatment for urologic conditions. Dr. Pugach has pioneered innovative treatments for prostate cancer, bladder control and other urologic problems. Offices are located in Los Alamitos, Huntington Harbour and Beverly Hills. For more information, call: 866 735.4336. Visit our Website at: www.pacificcoasturology.com

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