Celebrating my first boss’s election as President of the American Medical Association ("AMA") with family and friends tonight at the New York Academy of Medicine was a singular experience, much like the induction ceremony when my father Norman Landau was inducted into the Association of Trial Lawyers of America ("ATLA", now the American Association for Justice or "AAJ") Hall of Fame. Dr. Peter Wagner Carmel is an internationally respected pediatric microneurosurgeon, medical school professor and mentor. Having worked with Dr. Carmel at Columbia Presbyterian Neurological Institute in New York City, and seen him "in action" in the laboratory and the operating room, I can attest to his skills as a scientist, surgeon, speaker and teacher. After leaving Columbia University, Dr. Carmel joined the faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ), across the Hudson River in New Jersey. A leader in cutting edge medical research, and one who has trained many world class surgeons, Dr. Carmel will bring a unique voice to the health care delivery and patient safety debate in Washington, D.C. and advocate for doctors in all specialties in the USA.
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