Mahal elected president of CMA, 35,000-member association
Sacramento, Nov. 11, 2006
NRI, Dr. Anmol S. Mahal was elected last week as
president of the California Medical Association, one of the most
influential medical organizations in the United States. He is
the first person of Indian origin to head the 35,000-member association.
He was inaugurated as CMA’s 139th president at the association’s
annual House of Delegates in Sacramento.
He addressed to the 750 delegates and said:
- During his tenure he expects CMA to build membership and confront
the challenge posed by rising health care costs. He told his colleagues
that CMA would defeat regulations proposed by the Department of
Managed Health Care that would allow health insurance companies
to escape their responsibility to provide and pay for emergency
care for all their customers.
- He also drew attention to the need to provide access to health
care to all Californians and to train more physicians.
- “In California, we train half as many physicians per capita
as does the rest of the U.S. We train a third as many physicians
as do Pennsylvania and New York,” he said. “The only
states that train fewer physicians per capita are the states that
do not have a medical school. California needs to make a substantive
investment in the health care infrastructure and that is a message
I will carry.”
- Dr. Mahal, 56, who is board certified in internal medicine and
gastroenterology, is currently on staff at Washington Hospital
in Fremont and previously served as chief of staff of Washington
Hospital Healthcare System.
- Mahal came to the United States 33 years ago
- He received his medical degree from the All India Institute
of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.
- He completed his internship in internal medicine at the College
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.
- He did a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Stanford University
- Mahal serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Foundation
in Palo Alto, California.
- He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Indian
Community Centre in Milpitas, California
- He is a founding member and past president of the American Association
of Physicians of Indian Origin of Northern California, and serves
on its board.
- He serves on AMA’s Commission on Eliminating Health Disparities.
- He has been a CMA trustee for nine years and a member of CMA’s
Executive Committee for four years.
- He serves as a Commissioner for the Emergency Medical Services
Commission of the State of California. He was recently appointed
by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Board of Trustees of the Health
Professions Educational Foundation.
- Dr. Mahal is married to Surjit and she is a family physician.
They have two children, a daughter, Subena, who is in a family
practice residency and a son, Vikram, who is in college
Anmol Singh Mahal, M.D., was elected as president of the California
Medical Association (CMA), one of the most influential medical organizations
in the United States. He is the first person of Indian origin to
head the 35,000-member association.