- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - Chicago physician and researcher William A. McDade has been elected president of the Illinois State Medical Society. He’s the first black president of the state’s largest doctors group.

McDade is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a researcher in sickle cell disease.

He serves as deputy provost for research and minority issues at the University of Chicago where he’s an associate professor. He’s also in active clinical practice in obstetrical and general anesthesia.

McDade is a former president of both the Chicago Medical Society and the Chicago Society of Anesthesiologists. He was named the Chicago Medical Society’s “Physician of the Year” in 2012.

He earned a medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed an anesthesiology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School.

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