Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine former student, Susan Rudd Bailey, M.D. ‘81, was elected speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates on June 7.

Bailey, who served on the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents from 1995 to 2005, brings the Aggie spirit of service to the legislative and policy-making body of the American Medical Association (AMA). She has dedicated her career to both treating patients and improving medicine through the profession’s most influential organizations.

“Dr. Bailey is a longtime friend and great Aggie Doctor,” said Paul Ogden, M.D., interim executive vice president and acting chief executive officer of Texas A&M Health Science Center, interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine and interim vice president for clinical affairs. “She embodies the Texas A&M pillars of selfless service and leadership. The entire Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine is very proud of her.”

Bailey has a long history of service, beginning as chair of the medical student sections of both the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the AMA. She chaired the TMA Council on Communication and served as speaker of the TMA House of Delegates before winning election as TMA’s 145th president in 2010.

“I attended my first AMA meeting after my first year of medical school.  The College of Medicine has always been supportive of its students becoming active in medical organizations,” said Bailey. “I will always be proud to tell people that I graduated from the Texas A&M College of Medicine.”

At the AMA, she served as chair of the Texas Delegation, member and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, and AMA representative on the board of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Beginning in 2011, she held the role of vice speaker of the AMA House of Delegates . She also serves as the AMA representative to the Assembly of the American Board of Medical Specialties, and completed a five-year term on the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Bailey has been active in the Tarrant County Medical Society for 20 years, including service as president and chair of the society’s board of trustees.

Bailey entered private practice as an allergist at Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates in 1988. She previously served as an associate consultant at the Mayo Clinic’s department of pediatrics in Rochester, Minn. She is board certified in pediatrics, allergy, asthma and immunology.

After receiving her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in 1981, Baily completed her residency in general pediatrics and her fellowship in allergy and immunology at Minnesota’s Mayo Graduate School of Medicine.

— Katherine Hancock