- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) - A pediatric neurosurgeon from Newark, N.J. is the new president of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Peter Carmel officially began his yearlong term Tuesday afternoon during the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago. He is 74.

He’ll lead the nation’s largest doctors’ group at a tumultuous time for physicians. Some strongly oppose the AMA’s support for health care reform. And even those who support reform are anxious about uncertainties over how it will affect their jobs.

The AMA acknowledges some doctors have quit the group because of its support for health care reform. But the group also says it has gained new members for that same reason.

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