Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, Ky., became the 168th president of the American Medical Association in June 2013. Dr. Hoven has been a member of the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) since 2005, serving as its secretary for 2008–2009, chair for 2010–2011, and immediate past chair for 2011–2012.
Prior to her election to the AMA-BOT, Dr. Hoven served as a member and chair of the AMA Council on Medical Service. She was a member of the Utilization Review and Accreditation Commission for six years and served on its executive committee. Additional activities have included service on the AMA Foundation board of directors, the Group Practice Advisory Council of the AMA and an appointment to the Practicing Physicians Advisory Commission. Currently Dr. Hoven serves as the AMA-BOT representative on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum, and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She has recently concluded service on the COLA board, the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement®.
Dr. Hoven’s involvement at the state level has been extensive. She was president of the Kentucky Medical Association from 1993 to 1994 and served as a delegate to the AMA from Kentucky prior to her election to the AMA-BOT. She has also been actively involved in medical staff issues at her local hospital and has held a variety of positions, including president of the medical staff, member of the board of directors and president of the hospital foundation board.
Born in Cincinnati, Dr. Hoven received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and then her medical degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She completed her internal medicine and infectious disease training at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, Dr. Hoven is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Kentucky Medical Association Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, Dr. Hoven was named one of Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare.
Dr. Hoven is married to Ron Sanders, PhD, an economist and college professor. They share a mutual enjoyment of two grandchildren, sports, travel and philanthropic activities.