On behalf of your Mississippi State Medical Association Board of Trustees, it is with great pleasure that I share with you that our colleague and former MSMA President Claude Brunson, MD, will be taking the reins of our association as Executive Director. Following a national search with significant interest from many highly qualified individuals across the country, the region and our state, Dr. Brunson was clearly the most qualified candidate for the job and his love of our association shone through during the interview process. Many associations have a physician Executive Director, and your board believes this unique perspective brings an invaluable strength to the position. He will assume his duties full-time on April 1.  As he shifts from his current responsibilities, he will immediately begin working with Acting Director Scott Hambleton, MD, to transition into his new role with MSMA. We welcome Dr. Brunson's leadership and expertise as we begin an exciting new chapter at our association. Please see the attached press release we are sharing today that outlines only a small portion of Dr. Brunson's contributions to organized medicine in Mississippi and our nation. 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Bryan, MD
Chair, MSMA Board of Trustees