Grant County native Robert M. Wah, reproductive endocrinologist and ob-gyn, is the new president-elect of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Wah will take on his new position in June.

He was chair of the AMA board of trustees from June 2011 to June 2012, and practices and teaches at Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health.

His titles and duties include chief medical officer for Computer Sciences Corporation, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, the University of California-San Diego, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Wah graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1979, from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He received his MD from Oregon Health Sciences University.

He is the son of Dr. Ed and Muriel Wah, and the grandson of Dr. Bob Wah, who came to John Day in 1940 to take over the herbal medicine business of his uncle, Ing “Doc” Hay. Hay partnered with fellow Chinese immigrant Lung On to operate the Kam Wah Chung and Company business in the late 1800s through mid-1900s.

Dr. Robert Wah and his wife, Debra Ann, have one daughter and live in Virginia.

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