American Medical Association, World Medical Association
Dr. J. Edward Hill, a family physician from Tupelo, Mississippi, was elected chair of Council of the World Medical Association (WMA) in May, 2007. Dr. Hill was previously elected three times to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, and became its chair in 2002. Dr. Hill was elected president of the AMA for 2005-2006.
Dr. Hill began his medical career as commissioned officer in the US Navy, and as a general medical officer on a naval destroyer. After his time in the military, he returned to his home states of Mississippi, where he practiced in the rural Mississippi Delta for 27 years. Dr. Hill developed a full-service family practice, and directed a local maternal child health program that resulted in lowering the fetal mortality rate from one of the highest in the United States to below the national average, where it remained.
Due to his wealth of medical practice experience and recognition as a role model for young doctors, Dr. Hill was asked in January 1995 to become director of the Family Practice Residency Program at North Mississippi Medical Center, the nation's largest rural hospital. He stepped down in July 2001, but remains on the faculty and has an active practice.
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