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Dr. John L Reynolds speech

John L. Reynolds, MD, an anesthesiologist from Shelby, was sworn in as the North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) 164th president on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Society’s Annual Business meeting in Raleigh. Dr. Reynolds is a longtime NCMS member who has served on numerous committees and task forces, the NCMS Foundation’s Board of Trustees and led the NCMS’ Legislative Cabinet through some contentious issues over the past six years.

“Dr. Reynolds is a true advocate for organized medicine, being active in not only the NCMS but also the Cleveland County Medical Society and his specialty society,” said Paul R. G. Cunningham, MD, the outgoing NCMS President before swearing-in Dr. Reynolds. “His good humor and sense of fun belie a deep understanding of the issues.”

Dr. Reynolds was one of the founding partners of Shelby Anesthesia Associates in 1986. That group is now part of Mednax – Southeastern Anesthesiology. He also currently serves as clinical director of the Ambulatory Surgical Center and staff anesthesiologist at CMS – Cleveland Regional Hospital.

Dr. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He completed a surgical residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Pennsylvania and his anesthesiology residency at the Medical College of Georgia.

In his remarks, Dr. Reynolds told several humorous stories to illustrate the importance of the sense of community within medicine. He described the three pillars of the NCMS as being advocating for doctors; advocacy for access to care for all and cultivating the leadership role that physicians need to play in their communities and the state.