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Professor Jungyul Park, vice president of the Korean Medical Association, has been elected chairman of the World Medical Association. He succeeds Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, from Germany, who stood down after being in the post for four years.

Professor Park, is professor of neurosurgery and director at the Center for Spine & Pain, Korea University Anam Hospital. He has been chairman of the WMA’s Finance and Planning Committee since 2019. He was elected unopposed at the WMA’s Council meeting being held this week in Nairobi, Kenya. He said that physicians around the world were only just emerging from the long tunnel of the pandemic and were now facing many other challenges both globally and locally. They would only succeed by working together, and he believed the WMA more than ever had a crucial role to play by representing almost 15 million physicians worldwide. 

Dr. Tohru Kakuta (Japan) was re-elected unopposed as vice chairman of Council.

Rudolf Henke (Germany), a specialist in internal medicine and a member of the Executive Board of the German Medical Association, was elected treasurer, succeeding Dr. Ravindra Sitaram Wankhedkar (India).

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