Area Doc Talks about New Role

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ALTOONA – Earlier this week, an area doctor took a major step toward leadership of the nation’s largest physicians’  organization. Andrew Gurman, a hand surgeon in Altoona, was chosen president-elect of the American Medical Association.

WTAJ caught up with Dr. Gurman when he arrived home from Chicago from the A.M.A. conference. About his selection, he says,  “it’s a little daunting I mean it’s a tremendous honor, it’s something actually I never dreamed about when I first went into practice.”

Dr. Gurman will take over as A.M.A President this time next year. During the last decade or so, in addition to treating patients in Blair County, Dr. Gurman has served in top policy making roles for the A.M.A. and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
 
He says he’ll continue to care for patients but will have to severely limit his practice during his  presidential year, which begins next June.

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