For immediate release
Feb. 29, 2008
CHICAGO – The American Medical Association today announced that President Ron Davis, MD, has informed members of the Board of Trustees that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Davis will continue to serve as AMA president, but his activities on behalf of the nation’s largest physician’s organization will be curtailed while he begins immediate treatment to fight this disease.
While Dr. Davis is focusing on his health, his treatment and his family, other members of the AMA Board will assume responsibility for some of his official duties.
It is Dr. Davis’ wish to openly share information about his health and treatment with his family, friends and colleagues. To meet the challenge of effectively communicating with those who might wish to share their thoughts and prayers, Dr. Davis established a personal Web page at CarePages.com where he and his family will post updates, and where visitors can post messages and read the notes left by others.
I had exchanged some emails with Dr. Davis over the past few months related to his comments in the AMA news and websites. I too, will say a prayer for Dr. Davis and his family. Pancreatic cancer is the same disease that that hit Dr. Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor whose “final lecture” video, an inspiring and fun trip through his life, has been downloaded millions of times (see www.cmu.edu).
To access the CarePages.com site, you will have to register. When it asks for the name of the page, it’s “rondavis” – no spaces. You can add a note if you wish. Care Pages is from Revolution Health, the company founded by AOL founder Steve Case. You may find is an useful resource for some of your patients – I’ll leave that up to you.