AMA chair steps down after Texas appointment

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Dr Kate Kearney has been overseas for a long period of time, and that move now looks permanent, forcing her resignation.

Following a long period overseas, the chair of the federal AMA board Dr Kate Kearney is stepping aside after four years in the role.

Dr Kearney, a leading academic and cardiologist, has been overseas training and has just been appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Texas, where she is leading an adult congenital heart disease heart failure program with a supporting research program.

In a statement, the AMA congratulated Dr Kearney on her new direction after four years in the role.

“Most recently, Dr Kearney led the Board through the development of the AMA’s Strategy 2024–2027, managed the crisis of AMA WA withholding federal fees and successfully communicated to members the need for the Tasmanian AMA to become a branch of the Federal AMA,” said the statement.

“Her leadership led to a resounding vote for unity, with 95% of members who voted at the AMA’s recent AGM supporting the merger, as well as generational reforms that will ensure stronger and more modern governance of the AMA.

“The AMA extends its heartfelt gratitude to Dr Kearney for her unwavering leadership, visionary guidance and service.

“She embodies the spirit of the AMA, from her beginnings in the Australian Medical Students Association to her tenure on the Council of Doctors in Training and beyond.

“We congratulate Dr Kearney on her recent appointment and reluctantly farewell her from the AMA Board. We wish Dr Kearney continued success with her young family, her stellar and now-overseas career, and eagerly anticipate the next chapters of her medical journey.”

The AMA board will vote on a new chair “shortly”, said the statement. In the interim, Dr Andrew Miller, the board’s deputy chair, will act in the role.

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