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Georgia State Medical Association (GSMA) Installs 117th President

July 1, 2010 – Warren S. Hutchings, M.D., a native of Macon, Georgia has been installed as the 117th president during GSMA�s annual convention at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on June 10, 2010. He is the first family physician to serve as president in the last 25 years.
During his inaugural address at the Hilton Oceanfront Resort he shared his plans to focus on health care reform and health disparities during his two-year term, 2010-2012. GSMA is one of the oldest medical associations in the state of Georgia and is the state affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA) headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area.

Hutchings received his undergraduate degree in biology from Vanderbilt University and M.D. degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. He completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and Mercer University School of Medicine in 1993, he is board certified in Family Medicine. He was in private practice for 13 years with his twin brother, Walter and older brother, Billy. In 2006, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Mercer Medicine. Hutchings serves as medical director of the Mercer Student Health Center and is a team physician for Mercer Athletics. He also serves as Independent Physician Association (IPA) of Georgia’s medical director for Middle Georgia.
“I am committed to representing the concerns of our organization in renewing the interest of younger physicians across the state to become effective healthcare leaders, said Hutchings” Recruitment of new members is a priority issue with medical societies and is a common goal we share. It is crucial to work together to find ways to bring younger physicians together.�  In addition, Hutchings said �We will also continue with the momentum created by the work of our immediate past president, Dr. Sheila Robinson, in the areas of the adoption of Electronic Medical Record (EMR), eliminating healthcare disparities, and promoting cultural competency.  He has received numerous awards including the NMA Region III Outstanding Service Award in 2005, GSMA�s Presidential Commendations in 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2009 and the Middle Georgia Medical Society Outstanding Leadership Award in 1996 and 2000. He has performed research as an investigator for the �Asthma Control Test and Asthma Control in African-Americans in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Georgia� 2005-2006. He appeared numerous times on the Herbert Dennard Show discussing Middle Georgia Medical Society Foundation�s �Save our Students� project addressing healthcare disparities and youth violence in America.

Each year, physicians across the state of Georgia convene at Hilton Head Island to attend the four-day scientific convention addressing advances in medicine through educational sessions, learning how to enhance their medical practice, meeting with exhibitors in the exhibit hall and networking with their colleagues.

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About the Georgia State Medical Association
Founded in 1893, is the state affiliate and founding organization of the National Medical Association (NMA) headquartered in the Washington metropolitan area. GSMA is one of the oldest non-profit medical association�s representing the interest of more than 2,000 physicians and their patients across the state of Georgia.