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Southwest Missouri Doctor Installed As World Medical Association President

Dr. David Barbe, WMA president, addresses the organization on October 30.
Dr. David Barbe, WMA president, addresses the organization on October 30.
Dr. David Barbe, WMA president, addresses the organization on October 30.
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Dr. David Barbe, WMA president, addresses the organization on October 30.

A small town doctor from the Ozarks is leading an international medical organization. Dr. David Barbe is a practicing physician at a Mercy Clinic in Mountain Grove.  And he’s just been installed as president of the World Medical Association.  He was named president-elect last year.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Barbe is leading an organization that represents more than nine million physicians, according to a news release from Mercy.  The association has an official relationship with the World Health Organization, and its members include 114 national medical associations.

Barbe addressed members during a video conference Friday morning.  He said one of the top issues WMA must address is the coronavirus pandemic.

"We must continue to advocate for adequate personal protective equipment, appropriate facilities and medical equipment and adequate support staff," he said.

And, according to Barbe, WMA must work with public health officials to “pursue policies that reduce the frequency and severity of COVID-19 while allowing for an orderly and safe conduct of business and education.”

Barbe urged his colleagues to advocate for health care for all people in the world.

He has served as one of three delegates from the American Medical Association to the World Medical Association for the last three years.

And he continues seeing patients in his home town of Mountain Grove.

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