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July 2014
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  • Anesthesiologist, Professor, Parent, Researcher, Provost, Biker: Meet Your New ISMS President

    William A. McDade, MD, PhD, was installed as president of the Illinois State Medical Society on April 27.  Dr. McDade is a Chicago anesthesiologist and the first African American to serve as ISMS president.

    He has an active clinical practice in obstetrical and general anesthesia and serves as an Associate Professor in Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago. During his "free time" away from these clinical responsibilities, he also serves as Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues at the University of Chicago.

    These dual academic hats provide him with an interesting work environment.

    "Even though I spend a great deal of time hiring history professors and astrophysicists, I still have an active clinical practice in anesthesiology on our faculty," Dr. McDade notes. "It gives me the chance to care for patients; teach medical students and residents; and think about research."

    Dr. McDade' s research interest is sickle cell disease, and he's authored several scholarly articles and chapters in this area. With his PhD in biophysics and theoretical biology, it's fair to label him a "science guy."

    A member of ISMS, the Chicago Medical Society and the American Medical Association since medical school, Dr. McDade is a strong believer in organized medicine and considers participation in our organizations as a critical aspect of professionalism.

    In his inaugural address to the ISMS House of Delegates, he opined that "an understanding of the ethic of care compels a physician to consider his or her calling to the high standards of professionalism as a moral imperative; one that advocates for high standards and strives for the greater good."

    His involvement with the American Society of Anesthesiologists led him to serve as an ASA delegate to the AMA House of Delegates. This involvement bridged his society interest to his "day jobs," which inspired him to seek election to the AMA's Council on Medical Education. He's currently chairing the Council and serves as a director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

    Dr. McDade has a short commute (often via bike) to his University jobs. He resides near the campus in Hyde Park with his wife Jennifer, twin girls Julia and Madeline, and infant son William L.

    During his rise through organized medicine, Dr. McDade has served in numerous leadership positions and on plenty of committees (too many to list here!). His goal for his year as president is to connect the dots between professionalism and organized medicine for the many physicians outside or on the periphery of our groups. He also plans to "work from the inside" and bring more academic physicians into organized medicine's fold.

    Dr. McDade looks forward to visiting physicians in every corner of the state during his year-long tour as ISMS president. In the meantime, if you need to reach him, he can be contacted at DrWMcDade@isms.org.

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