October 8, 2008

SB County Doctor Heads CMA

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell

At the age of 24, Dr. Dev GnanaDev arrived in early-1970s New York with $50 in his pocket.

Now, all these years later, the doctor from India has been installed as president of the California Medical Association.

GnanaDev, chief of surgery and medical director at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton since 2000, becomes only the third physician from San Bernardino or Riverside counties to serve as president in the CMA's 152-year history.

"I'm honored to serve as president of the CMA," said GnanaDev, who has been active in the association for 27 years and has served on its board of trustees since 2000. "It's also extremely uncommon for a person working at a county hospital to become president of CMA. It is usually someone in private practice."

The CMA, formed in 1856, is an advocacy organization that represents more than 34,000 California physicians.

It is active in the legal, legislative, reimbursement and regulatory areas on behalf of physicians.

Board-certified in general surgery, vascular surgery and surgical critical care, GnanaDev earned his medical degree at Kurnool Medical College in Kurnool, India.

He has won numerous awards for his work on behalf of lower- income patients. He received the Medical Board of California's Physician Recognition Award in 2005 for contributions in the care of indigent patients.

His goals as president of the CMA include improving access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured as well as protecting consumers from the bad practices of insurance companies and HMOs.

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