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Akron ophthalmologist is new president of Ohio doctors’ group

Akron ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Ellison is the new president of the Ohio State Medical Association, the trade group that represents the state’s physicians. Ellison has practiced at Summit Ophthalmology since 1988. He’s also on the teaching staff at Summa Health System and is the medical director for the Park West Surgical Center in Akron, according […]

Akron ophthalmologist Dr. Richard Ellison is the new president of the Ohio State Medical Association, the trade group that represents the state’s physicians.

Ellison has practiced at Summit Ophthalmology since 1988. He’s also on the teaching staff at Summa Health System and is the medical director for the Park West Surgical Center in Akron, according to a statement from OSMA.

Ellison received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and completed a residency in ophthalmology at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

He’ll serve a one-year term and be succeeded in April 2011 by Dr. Charles Hickey, a Columbus ophthalmologist who was recently elected president-elect of OSMA.

After Ellison and his successor, Dr. Roy Thomas, Hickey would become the third consecutive ophthalmologist to lead OSMA.

In recent months, OSMA has attracted attention for being at odds with the American Medical Association, its parent organization, over the federal health overhaul. The AMA endorsed the overhaul.

OSMA expressed concern that the overhaul didn’t provide a permanent fix to Medicare’s physician-payment formula, called the Sustainable Growth Rate. The organization also objected to the lack of malpractice-reform measures in the law. OSMA has sought to downplay the disagreement with the AMA.

OSMA has 20,000 members including physicians, residents, medical students and medical practice managers.