Dothan anesthesiologist Michael T. Flanagan, MD, was recently installed as the 2013-2014 president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), the oldest and largest state organization representing physicians and medicine.
Dr. Flanagan is the director of the Southeast Pain Management Center at SAMC. He is MASA's first president from Dothan, and he has already outlined many of the advocacy activities he plans to spearhead, mainly "protecting medicine ... from every direction."
"These days, doctors are faced with unique challenges – more than we've ever faced before. But, the real challenge remains how we can continue to practice safe, high-quality medicine, treating our patients with the dignity and respect they deserve, in an everchanging health care climate," he said.
Certified as a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and by the American Board of Anesthesiology, Dr. Flanagan is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, the Alabama State Society of Anesthesia, the American Medical Association, and the Houston County Medical Society.
He has been a long-standing voice in state medical leadership by serving on the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama, a state agency that has the authority to issue, revoke and reinstate licenses to practice medicine in Alabama.
Licensed by the states of Alabama and North Carolina, he is a published author, the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is involved with several community service organizations and is an Eagle Scout.