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(Jefferson City) – A family physician from Mountain Grove was elected Tuesday June 18 to a second term on the governing board of the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician organization.

David O. Barbe, M.D., MHA was re-elected at this year’s AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago by physicians and medical students.

Dr. Barbe was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees back in 2009 and for the last year he has served as the chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees. His re-election to the board ensures his expected transition to the office of board chair when trustees gather for their first post-election meeting.

Dr. Barbe was a member of Council on Medical Service prior to his election to the AMA Board, as well as an influential advisory committee to the AMA, and served as its chair from 2008-2009. During his time as a member of the council Dr. Barbe took part in the development of AMA policy related to coverage of the uninsured, health care system reform, Medicare reform and health insurance market reform.

For 30 years Dr. Barbe has practiced family medicine in this hometown of Mountain Grove, delivering comprehensive medical care to the residents of South-central Missouri.

After 15 years in independent practice, he merged his group with Mercy Clinic in Springfield, and now serves as the regional division president of the 650-physician multi-specialty integrated group. He also serves on the executive management team of Mercy Health.

Dr. Barbe received his medical degree and Master of Health Administration from the University of Missouri. He plans to continue living and doing his practice in Mountain Grove. He and his wife, Debbie, have two children and six grandchildren.


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