Last updated on: 10/11/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Ronald M. Davis, MA, MD Biography

Title:
Late President of the American Medical Association
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 25,000 lives have been saved since states began setting the legal drinking age to 21. That statistic is just one piece of overwhelming research that proves the lifesaving benefits of laws that establish the minimum legal drinking age at 21.”

“Reducing Alcohol Abuse and Underage Drinking,” ama.org, Oct. 18, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum legal drinking age.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President of the American Medical Association, June 2007-June 2008
  • Chair, Residency Advisory Committee, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2008
  • Board of Trustees, American Medical Association, June 2001-2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 2001-2008
  • Director, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Henry Ford Health Care System, Sep. 1995-2008
  • Chair, Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2003-2005
  • Member, Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 1999-2005
  • Representative, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Medical Association House of Delegates, 1987-2001
  • Member, American Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health, 1993-1999
  • Chair, American Medical Association Council on Science and Public Health, 1997-1998
  • Chair, American Medical Association Specialty and Service Society, 1996-1997
  • Chief Medical Officer, Michigan Department of Public Health, Apr. 1991-Sep. 1995
  • Director, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Office on Smoking and Health, Jan. 1987-Apr. 1991
  • Chair, American Medical Association Medical Student Section, 1982-1983
  • Delegate, American Medical Association House of Delegates, 1980-1982
Education:
  • MD, University of Chicago, 1983
  • MA, Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, 1981
  • BS, University of Michigan, 1978
Contact Info:
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Other:
  • Dr. Davis passed away on Nov. 6, 2008, at age 52, from pancreatic cancer
  • Senior Fellow, Michigan Public Health Institute, 1999-present
  • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine, 1989-present
  • Professor, School of Medicine, Wayne State University, 2004
  • Recipient, American Thoracic Society’s Distinguished Service Award, May 23, 2004
  • Recipient, Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco’s John Slade Award, Feb. 20, 2004
  • Recipient, American College of Preventive Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award, Feb. 23, 2002
  • North American editor, British Medical Journal, 1998-2001
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2000
  • Recipient, World Health Organization’s World No-Tobacco Day Medal, June 1999
  • Founding Editor, Tobacco Control, 1992-1998
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1993
  • Recipient, Surgeon General’s Medillion, May 22, 1989
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1988
  • Recipient, American Public Health Association’s Jay S. Drotman Memorial Award, Oct. 22, 1987
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