AMA honors Colorado Medical Society executive with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Saturday, November 10, 2018 12:32 PM
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Nov. 10, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The American Medical Association (AMA) honored Alfred Gilchrist, chief executive officer of the Colorado Medical Society (CMS), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession. 

“A brilliant leader, strategist, team builder, and advocate for patients and medicine, Alfred Gilchrist has led CMS through an unprecedented period of advocacy and growth,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “He succeeded in advocating for Medicaid expansion and stabilizing medical liability climates. And his tireless work to prevent insurance mergers that would have harmed patients and physicians alike was instrumental in their defeat.”

Gilchrist earns the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award for his 39 years of executive leadership in Colorado and Texas – a period in which he has guided, grown and advocated for the medical profession daily.   

During his years of leadership at the CMS, Gilchrist has used his ability to form strong relationships and partnerships to secure numerous legislative victories in Colorado, while advancing the whole organization. In addition to his critical work on Medicaid expansion and insurance mergers, Gilchrist also designed the nation’s first standardized managed care contract law, requiring oversight of payer profiling and rating of physicians. He also played a critical role in securing grants and funding to improve care and ensure public health, including $1.5 million for pandemic flu preparedness.

The AMA presented the award to Gilchrist during the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting.


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About the AMA

The American Medical Association is the powerful ally and unifying voice for America’s physicians, the patients they serve, and the promise of a healthier nation. The AMA attacks the dysfunction in health care by removing obstacles and burdens that interfere with patient care. It reimagines medical education, training, and lifelong learning for the digital age to help physicians grow at every stage of their careers, and it improves the health of the nation by confronting the increasing chronic disease burden. For more information, visit

About CMS

The Colorado Medical Society is a nonprofit organization whose membership comprises the majority of physicians, residents and medical students in Colorado. The Society’s mission is to champion health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado.

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