Dr. Lawrence Sanders. (

The National Medical Association (NMA) recently named medical internist and Morehouse educator Dr. Lawrence Sanders as its 115th president.

Sanders was appointed the position during the organization’s 112th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Honolulu.

According to a statement from the NMA, Sanders’ goals for the coming year include, “ensuring that NMA remains relevant; assuring guidelines account for the disproportionate disease burdens of the select populations because of long-standing disparities in the health and health care; understanding the potential health consequences of climate change; and strengthening NMA at the state of the local level.”

A longstanding member of the NMA, Sanders previously served as its speaker of the House of Delegates and as chair of the Committee on Administrative and Financial Affairs in the House of Delegates, according to his biography.  He currently serves as a delegate for the Medical Association of Atlanta to the Medical Association of Georgia House of Delegates.

As an educator at Morehouse School of Medicine, Sanders teaches internal medicine, business principles and patient safety/quality improvement. Sanders also serves as the physician advisor for the clinical documentation improvement, care management at Grady Health System in Atlanta.

Sanders earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Clemson University and went on to obtain his medical degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. He also has a masters degree in business and administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The National Medical Association is the largest and oldest national organization in the United States dedicated to promoting and representing more than 32,000 African American physicians and their patients. A 501(c)3 non-profit, it works to eliminate health disparities in the country while also advocating quality health among minorities.

Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO