UCSF dermatologist inaugurated as president of the American Medical Association

know about UCSF dermatologist inaugurated as president of the American Medical Association

Jack Resneck, MD is the first president of the California AMA since 2007 and the first dermatologist since 1925

By Melinda Krygel

Headshot of Jack Resneck
Jack Resneck, Jr., MD. Picture of Marco Sanchez

Jack S. Resneck Jr., MD, has been inaugurated as the 177th president of the American Medical Association (AMA). Resneck is a dermatologist, professor, and vice chair of the Department of Dermatology at UC San Francisco. After a one-year term as president-elect of the nation’s leading medical organization, Resneck was sworn in as president of the AMA on June 14.

Resneck was sworn in during the AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) annual meeting and spoke in prepared remarks about the specific challenges of practicing medicine during COVID-19, including prior authorizations, physician burnout, and longstanding inequalities in the US health care system also reemphasized the importance of the AMA’s Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians, which was announced at the meeting’s opening session.

“For more than two years, doctors have been risking everything,” Resneck said. ‚ÄúToday we remind lawmakers that it’s time for our nation to renew its commitment to the doctors and patients we serve. We will work to elevate and prioritize physician voices over providers of misinformation. We will fight in legislatures and in the courts to stop politicians from creeping into our exam rooms and dangerously criminalizing evidence-based care, including contraception, abortion, and gender-affirming care. We are intentionally and deeply committed to health equity and racial justice work. And today, for our nation’s physicians who have bravely answered an historic call without hesitation, we are a focused, science-based, agile, influential and powerful ally. We will always have the backs of doctors and patients.”

We are intentionally and deeply committed to health equity and racial justice work. And today, for our nation’s physicians who have bravely answered an historic call without hesitation, we are a focused, science-based, agile, influential and powerful ally.

Dr. Jack Resneck Jr.

First elected to the AMA board of directors in 2014, Resneck served as chair of the board from 2018 to 2019. Prior to his election, Resneck served as chair of the AMA Council on Legislation and as a delegate to the House of AMA delegates. In addition, he has held a number of leadership positions in organized medicine, including president of the California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, a board member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the California Medical Association.

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Resneck has a joint appointment as an affiliated professor at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He also serves as medical director of the dermatology clinics at UCSF, where he previously directed the dermatology residency training program.

While her passion lies in caring for patients with a wide range of skin conditions in her California dermatology practice, Resneck continues to champion modernization of medical education, innovation in digital health, and better access to care in various roles. Resneck has testified at congressional hearings on issues of telemedicine, digital health, rising prescription drug prices, prior authorization, and other challenges facing the US health care system.

Resneck also remains committed to health services research. He has published numerous studies in leading journals on patient access to care, telemedicine, quality metrics, prior authorization, and public health that have attracted national media attention. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) and serves on the board of directors of the National Quality Forum.

A native of Louisiana, Resneck received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and his medical degree from UCSF, where he also completed an internship in internal medicine, a dermatology residency training program, and a fellowship in health policy. Resneck and his wife, who is also a doctor, live in San Rafael, California, with their two teenage children.

About the American Medical Association
The American Medical Association is the powerful ally of physicians in patient care. As the only medical association that brings together more than 190 state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice before all key players in health care. The AMA builds on its strength by removing barriers to patient care, leading the charge in preventing chronic disease and addressing public health crises, and advancing the future of medicine to meet the greatest challenges in health care.

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