Randall C. Morgan Jr., MD, was installed as 95th president of the National Medical Association (NMA) at the 101st annual convention and scientific assembly of the organization in July.
Dr. Morgan, the first board-certified orthopaedist to head the NMA, is chief of orthopaedics at Methodist Hospitals in Gary and Merrillville, Ind. He is president-elect of the Indiana Orthopaedic Society for 1998-1999.
The theme of his term will be "NMA development for the '90s and beyond." The three areas of development are membership, economic and image.
The goal is to double the membership by the year 2000, Dr. Morgan said. The NMA now has 5,000 paid members.
Economic development will involve "increasing partnerships with companies and corporations on special projects, scientific projects and grant activity," Dr. Morgan said. "The partnerships would provide NMA with more capital to carry out its program and not depend only on the membership for project development and operations."
Image development is on the agenda because Dr. Morgan said, "Although NMA is 101-years-old, it is not known in many areas of the country and some communities that may not have great representation of African-American patients or physicians.
"Many of the NMA objectives are to advocate for the patients who tend not to have health insurance or access to health care. This includes not only many people of color, but others, too. The NMA has taken up where others have left off."
Dr. Morgan is a member of the Academy's Committee on Evaluation, author of numerous publications and has made more than 200 scientific presentations at local, state and national courses and conferences.
William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, executive vice president of the Academy, left, congratulates, Randall C. Morgan, Jr., MD, who was installed as 95th president of the National Medical Association.