Lawrence Sanders Jr., a practicing internist and Morehouse School of Medicine educator, has been installed as the 115th president of the National Medical Association. The organization, founded in 1895, represents 32,000 physicians of African descent and is a leading advocate for reducing racial disparities in health care.
In his address to delegates at the association’s annual meeting in Honolulu, Dr. Sanders said that one of the goals of the organization should be “full implementation of health reform with a focus on Medicaid expansion.” He also wants to focus on the health effects of climate change and strengthening the National Medical Association on the state and local levels.
Dr. Sanders teaches internal medicine, business principles, and patient safety/quality improvement at Morehouse. He also serves as the physician adviser for clinical documentation improvement, care management, and hospital throughput for the Grady Health System.
Dr. Sanders is a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and an MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.