Dr. Srinivas (Bobby) Mukkamala elected as Chair, AMA Board of Trustees
Srinivas (Bobby) Mukkamala, MD
Chair, AMA Board of Trustees
Srinivas Mukkamala was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA) on June 16th, 2021, for a term of one year. He served as chair Elect from June 2020 to June 2021.
He is the only doctor of Indian origin ever to be elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Assocation.
Bobby Mukkamala, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeon, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2017. A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, he is in solo, private practice in Flint, Mich.
Born to Sumathi & AppaRao in 1971 in Pittsburgh, Srinivas grew up in Flint, Michigan since he was 3.
Sumathi Mukkamala practiced Pediatrics in Flint from 1978 to 2000 and AppaRao Mukkamala practiced Radiology in Flint from 1975 to 2020.
Dr. AppaRao Mukkamala served as President of Michigan State Medical Society in 2007-2008.
Bobby Mukkamala served as President of Michigan State Medical Society in 2020-2021.
Bobby & AppaRao are the only father & son to have served as Presidents of MSMS in the past 150 years.
MSMS represents 15,000 physicians in Michigan.
Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, who has been active in the AMA since residency, is a past Michigan representative to the AMA Young Physicians Section, a past recipient of the AMA Foundation’s “Excellence in Medicine” Leadership Award and, for the last 13 years, a member of the Michigan delegation to the AMA House of Delegates. In 2009 he was elected to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health and served as its chair from 2016 to 2017.
Dr. AppaRao Mukkamala has been active in the AMA since his residency days in 1970 till his retirement on 2020. Both AppaRao & Bobby served on the AMA Councils at the same time from 2007 to 2010.
In addition to leadership roles at the AMA, Dr. Mukkamala has served as a member of the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors since 2011, as board chair for the past two years, and served as its president. He is also a past president of the Genesee County Medical Society (GCMS) and continues to serve on the GCMS Board of Directors.
While a wide range of public health issues are important to Dr. Mukkamala, no issue strikes closer to home than his own city of Flint’s nationally publicized struggles with high levels of lead leaching into the drinking water. As the immediate past chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, he and the foundation’s board became the clearinghouse for funding projects focused on mitigating the effects of lead in local children. He is a member of the board of the Foundation for Flint, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation that is working to increase access to high-quality early education for children—a proven strategy for helping children who have been exposed to lead.
Deeply committed to the revitalization of his hometown, Dr. Mukkamala returned to Flint after completing his residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago in 2000. Today, he shares an office with his wife, Nita Kulkarni, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist. Together, as a further demonstration of their dedication to Flint, in 2012 they established the Endowed Health Professions Scholarships at the University of Michigan, Flint.
Outside of medicine they enjoy family time with their twin teenaged sons, Deven and Nikhil, who are currently in college at the University of Chicago and University of Michigan, respectively.
American Medical Association (AMA), organization of American physicians, the objective of which is “to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health.” It was founded in Philadelphia in 1847 by 250 delegates representing more than 40 medical societies and 28 colleges. In the early 21st century the AMA had about 240,000 members. Its headquarters are in Chicago.
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Publications of the AMA include the Journal of the American Medical Association, which is released 48 times a year, and 11 journals issued either monthly or bimonthly and devoted to such medical specialties as internal medicine, psychiatry, and pediatrics. In addition, the AMA publishes the online journal JAMA Network Open, which focuses on original research.