AMA split by dispute between chief and board of trustees

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 30 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1566
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The American Medical Association (AMA) is in turmoil after a decision by its chief executive to sue the association's board of trustees and its incoming chairman.

    Dr E Ratcliffe Anderson, chief executive officer of the association, has filed a lawsuit claiming that the organisation took away his power to fire the head of the legal department after questions arose about a multimillion dollar property deal.

    He is seeking more than $5m (£3.6m) in damages in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on 18 June, the second day of the association's annual meeting in Chicago. Dr Anderson has alleged breach of contract as well as defamation by Dr Timothy Flaherty, a long time board member and chairman-elect.

    Dr Anderson claims …

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