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The National Medical Association (NMA)’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly is acclaimed as the nation’s foremost forum on medical science and African American health. Each year, African American physicians and other health professionals from across the country convene to participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, discuss health policy priorities, and to share experiences. Through NMA’s 26 Scientific Specialty Sections, the Convention attracts the broadest spectrum of African American physicians, academicians and scientists in the country.

A Message From the President

Leon McDougle, M.D., M.P.H.

Greetings and Welcome to the National Medical Association’s 2021 Virtual Convention and Scientific Assembly.  This year’s virtual convention will kick off with our Opening and Awards Ceremony, on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM (ET).  Our featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Reed Tuckson, co-founder of the Black Coalition Against COVID.  Our scientific program begins on July 17, 2021 through July 21, 2021.  All of our signature events will be presented as well and will not disappoint.  The Edith Irby Jones, MD Plenary, Edward C. Mazique Symposium, Council on Concerns of Women Physicians, W. Montague Cobb Lecture and Symposium and 125th Anniversary celebration will all offer relevant, interesting and exciting content that you will not want to miss!

The Convention will provide excellent live and pre-recorded CME educational content, Presentation Theaters, networking opportunities, and some other surprise events.  This year, we have a very user friendly virtual platform will give you a captivating interactive experience and will offer more ways to engage the audience.

The theme of my presidential year and this year’s convention is, “Restoring Hope and Health Across the African Diaspora:  Black Health and Wellness Matter.”  I chose this theme to bring attention to the importance of today’s social justice movement as we continue to tackle the problem of systemic racism.  We are seeing policies and laws being enacted that are trying to keep our community at a disadvantage and restrict our access to those rights guaranteed to us.  NMA will stay in the forefront of the fight for justice for the black community and all underserved communities.

It has been my pleasure to serve as the National Medical Association’s 121st president.  This year has been both challenging and exciting.    COVID remains front and center in our lives as we continue to navigate the disease and its many variants, the vaccines, and the re-opening.  The pandemic continues to evolve and change the way we engage with our colleagues, family and community.  NMA leaders and members have contributed to some of the most important messaging, programming, and conversations surrounding the pandemic.  I am proud of the work that all of us are doing and look forward to an exciting program.

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featured speakers & award recipients

  • Ayanna Pressley
    US Congresswoman

  • Tamika D. Mallory
    Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist

  • Bernie Sanders
    US Senator


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About the National Medical Association

About NMA

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.


Great camaraderie! Also, the ability to increase knowledge in best medical practices in order to improve quality of care for our patients.

– Susanne Tropez-Sims, M.D.