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Dr. Mahal, of Fremont, Chosen as President-Elect of CMA

Fremont, March 22, 2005

Anmol S. Mahal, M.D., has been elected president-elect of the California Medical Association, California’s leading health care organization. Dr. Mahal, a gastroenterologist, was elected during the CMA’s 134th Annual House of Delegates meeting, which took place in Anaheim from March 19-21.

Dr. Mahal is the first member of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and the first Sikh physician to be elected to head a major medical association in the United States. As president-elect, he will take off as president in 2006.

Dr. Mahal, 55, had previously served as chair and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of CMA and has been a member of the CMA board for nine years. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and is on staff at Washington Hospital in Fremont, California.

His wife and daughter are also physicians.

Dr. Mahal expressed strong support for expanding access to care for all Californians.

“With improving technology and better tools and techniques, a golden age of medicine lies in the future for Californians,” he said. “We are living longer and are healthier than ever before. The challenge for the healthcare system is to find the resources so that all Californians can get the timely and equal access to health care.”

In addition to his activities at CMA, Dr. Mahal 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 was chief of staff of Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

Dr. Mahal received his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, and performed his internship in internal medicine at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Dr. Mahal’s wife, Surjit K. Mahal, MD, is a family physician practicing in Fremont. They have two children, Subena Mahal, D.O., 28, who is a family practice resident, and Vikram Mahal, 23, who is in college.

Dr. Mahal serves on the American Medical Association’s Commission to End Health Disparities. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the India Community Center in Milpitas, and on the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Foundation in Palo Alto. He was recently appointed to the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority, which oversees access to emergency care in the state.

The California Medical Association is the professional organization for 35,000 California physicians from all specialties and modes of practice. The CMA advocates for its members and the patients of California and plays a leadership role in shaping health care and public health policy in the state.


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