UCSF dermatologist named president of American Medical Association
Jack Resneck, MD is the first president of the California AMA since 2007 and the first dermatologist since 1925
By Melinda Krigel
Jack S. Resneck Jr., MD, was inaugurated as the 177th president of the American Medical Association (AMA). Resneck is a dermatologist, professor, and vice chair of the department of dermatology at UC San Francisco. After a one-year term as president-elect of the nation’s premier physician organization, Resneck assumed the position of president of the AMA on June 14.
Resneck was sworn in at the annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) and spoke in prepared remarks on the specific challenges of practicing medicine during COVID-19, including licensing. prerequisites, physician burnout, and longstanding inequities in America’s health care system. He also re-emphasized the importance of the AMA’s stimulus package for American physicians, which was announced during the meeting’s opening session.
“For more than two years, doctors have put it all on the line,” Resneck said. “Today, we remind decision makers that it is time for our country to renew its commitment to the doctors and patients we serve. We will work to elevate and prioritize the voices of physicians over purveyors of misinformation. We will fight in legislatures and in the courts to stop politicians from inserting themselves into our exam rooms and dangerously criminalizing evidence-based care, including contraception, abortion and gender-affirming care. We are intentionally and deeply committed to health equity and racial justice work. And today, for the doctors of our country who have courageously answered a historic call without hesitation, we are a focused, scientific, agile, influential and powerful ally. We will always have the backs of doctors and patients.
We are intentionally and deeply committed to health equity and racial justice work. And today, for the doctors of our country who have courageously answered a historic call without hesitation, we are a focused, scientific, agile, influential and powerful ally.
First elected to the AMA’s Board of Directors in 2014, Resneck served as Chairman of the Board from 2018 to 2019. Prior to his election, Resneck served as Chairman of the AMA’s Council on Legislation and as a delegate to the WADA House of Delegates. Additionally, he has held several leadership positions in organized medicine, including President of the California Society for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Board Member of the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the California Medical Association.
Resneck holds a cross-appointment as an Affiliate Faculty Member at the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He is also Medical Director of Dermatology Clinics at UCSF where he previously directed the Dermatology Residency Program.
While his passion lies in caring for patients with a wide range of skin conditions at his California dermatology practice, Resneck continues to champion modern medical education, digital health innovation, and digital health. improving access to care in various roles. Resneck has testified at congressional hearings on the topics of telemedicine, digital health, rising prescription drug prices, prior authorization and other challenges facing the US healthcare system.
Resneck also remains committed to health services research. He has published numerous studies in renowned journals on patient access to care, telemedicine, quality metrics, prior authorization and public health that have garnered national media attention. Additionally, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum.
A native of Louisiana, Resneck earned his undergraduate degree in public policy from Brown University and his medical degree from UCSF, where he also completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency training program in dermatology and a fellowship in health policy. Resneck and his wife, also a doctor, live in San Rafael, Calif., with their two teenage children.
About the American Medical Association
The American Medical Association is the powerful ally of physicians in patient care. As the only medical association that unites more than 190 state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice to all key healthcare stakeholders. The AMA leverages its strength by removing barriers that interfere with patient care, leading the charge to prevent chronic disease and address public health crises, and leading the future of medicine to meet the most major health care challenges.