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5 May 2017 | Media Release 

The Australian Medical Association (South Australia) has a new President.

Associate Professor William Tam was elected unopposed to the role of president at the Association’s AGM last night (Thursday 4 May).

He replaces outgoing president Dr Janice Fletcher, who has served the Association in the traditional two-year term. During her presidency, Dr Fletcher was supported by A/Prof Tam as Vice President.

A/Prof Tam has served on the AMA(SA) Council since 2012 as first an Ordinary Member, then as the representative for Physicians, and most recently as Vice President for two years, as well as serving on the AMA(SA) Executive Board.

A gastroenterologist, he works in both public hospitals (the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital) and in the private system.

He has also worked in Broken Hill and regularly provides outreach specialist services at Kangaroo Island. He is actively involved in teaching, training and medical research, and has undertaken research funded by the CSIRO, Cancer Council and NHMRC.

A/Prof Tam obtained his medical degree from the University of Adelaide in 1994, and became a gastroenterologist and Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2000. He consolidated his specialist training with a post-doctoral fellowship at the Middlesex Hospital in London in 2003, a position which also entailed an honorary lectureship at the University of London, and he learnt advanced techniques in Tokyo and Amsterdam. He also has a PhD from the University of Adelaide, where he holds an Associate Professorship.

He is currently State Medical Representative for the SA Reference Group for the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, an Executive Committee member of the Australia & New Zealand Endoscopy Leaders Forum, and is chair-elect of the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Association.

The ceremonial handover of the role of president to A/Prof Tam will occur at the AMA(SA)’s annual Charity Gala Dinner on Saturday 13 May.

5 May 2017 - Contact:  Eva O’Driscoll, 8361 0106