President-Elect of the American Medical Association to Keynote Colorado State University Alumni Awards April 23

The incoming leader of America’s doctors, president-elect of the American Medical Association board of trustees, Thomas Reardon, will speak at the Colorado State University Alumni Distinguished Awards Dinner April 23, where he will receive the university’s top alumni achievement award.

Reardon, a 1956 Colorado State graduate, has served as president-elect of the AMA since last June and will begin service as president this June. As the recipient of Colorado State University’s William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award, Reardon will keynote the university’s annual alumni awards dinner. The Alumni Association initiated the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award in 1984 to recognize Colorado State graduates who have attained extraordinary distinction in their fields.

Reardon’s accomplishments include his 1997-1998 appointment to President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. He also was recently appointed to the Vice President’s Quality Forum Planning Committee which will make recommendations on the formation of a private sector forum on health care quality. Most recently, Reardon has been named one of the 10 most important people in health care in the United States by "Managed Care" magazine.

Reardon has served on the board of trustees of the AMA, the prestigious professional organization for physicians in the U.S., since 1990. He served on its executive committee since 1994, as secretary-treasurer from 1994 to 1995, as vice-chair from December 1995 to June 1997 and as chair from June 1997 to 1998. Reardon also represented the Hospital Medical Staff Section in the AMA House of Delegates from 1983 to 1990.

Reardon earned his bachelor’s degree in natural sciences and went on to earn his M.D. at the University of Colorado in 1959. Following graduation from medical school, Reardon spent three years in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his general practice in Portland, where he has practiced for more than 35 years.

The Alumni Association Awards Reception and Dinner will be held at the University Park Holiday Inn, 425 W. Prospect Road. The reception and program run from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The event is open to the public and cost is $30.