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Nancy Nielsen


Nancy Nielsen (‘64 AB)       

Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen is one of the nation’s most passionate healthcare advocates. As past-president of the American Medical Association (AMA), she promotes policies and programs that enable physicians to better care for patients. In this role, she also serves as a chief AMA spokesperson, travelling the country to meet with various groups to promote healthcare reform.

Dr. Nielsen, an internist from Buffalo, N.Y., was speaker of the AMA House of Delegates from 2003 to 2007 and vice speaker for the three pending years. She was a delegate from New York and previously served two terms on the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, where she helped formulate policy positions for AMA-HOD debates on the diagnosis and treatment for depression, alcoholism among women, Alzheimer’s disease, priorities in clinical preventive services, colorectal cancer screening, asthma control, nicotine content of cigarettes and medication safety.

Among other AMA positions, Dr. Nielsen has served as a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors, the Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and the Task Force on Quality and Patient Safety. She is the AMA representative on many quality initiatives, including the National Quality Forum, the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance, and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Dr. Nielsen was speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York House of Delegates, and a member of the board of directors of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company – one of the largest malpractice carriers in the country. She also was president of her county medical society and her hospital’s medical staff.

Dr. Nielsen graduated from West Virginia University in 1964 with a degree in pre-medicine. She also holds a doctorate in microbiology and received her medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at the Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is a clinical professor of medicine and senior associate dean for medical education at SUNY and has served as a trustee of the SUNY system. She was a member of the board of directors of Kaleida Health and was chief medical officer of a large regional health plan in the Buffalo area.

Dr. Nielsen serves on WVU School of Medicine Board of Advisors.

Dr. Nielsen, a native of Elkins, W.Va., is the mother of five children.