As a member of the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (GAMA), representing over 1,200 physicians in the greater Albuquerque area you have joined the premier professional membership organization open to those licensed physicians (MD or DO), Residents and Interns living or working in the greater Albuquerque area. GAMA is the medical association that people turn to for the facts, the insights, and the values of the profession. GAMA is the physician's voice in this process.
GAMA addresses issues of importance to our membership including physician and patient advocacy at the local, state, and federal level; professional collegiality, professional ethics, physician/patient relationships, and continuing medical education for physicians and their staff. We represent physicians in every specialty of medicine.
GAMA is a component society of the New Mexico Medical Society. GAMA has a strong professional relationship with NMMS, specialty societies and other medical professional organizations. Our function as a grassroots professional organization is to focus on the interests of physicians and their patients, working to promote the general health of the community.
The Bernalillo County Medical Society, with fifteen members, was established in the winter of 1893-94 as the first component society of the New Mexico Territorial Medical Society. In 1970 the County Society became known as the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Medical Association and boasted 396 members. In response to the expansion of the area served by the Association beyond just Bernalillo County, the name of the organization was again changed in 1985 to the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association. Mission: "To promote excellence in patient care by identifying and solving physician practice problems in any practice environment through advocacy, education and collegiality." The Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (GAMA) is a private, incorporated (501 C 6), non-profit, dues- supported membership organization. Membership is voluntary and limited to licensed doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO) residing and practicing in the greater Albuquerque area.
Officers and Staff
The Board of Trustees sets the policies and directs the affairs of the Association. There are 12 standing members of the Board: the five Officers, six Trustees and the Immediate Past President. Officers serve a term of one year; Trustees serve two years. In 2010 the membership amended the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws to allow voting privileges for the Councilors that represent GAMA members at the New Mexico Medical Society Council meetings. The number of Councilors representing GAMA is determined by the number of members. The President of the Association may appoint advisers or consultants to the Board. Such specially appointed members shall serve one year and shall not be voting members of the Board.
Vesta Sandoval, MD, President
C. Nataniel Roybal, MD, President-Elect
Valerie Romero-Legott MD, Vice President
Corey Ford, MD, Secretary
Mark Epstein, MD
Samuel MacBride, MD, Immediate Past-President
Denise Aamodt, MD
Sivakumar Nagaraju, MD
Barbara McAneny, MD
Roger Cronk, MD
Vijayalakshmi Kumar, MD
Angela Macias-Gallegos, MD
NMMS Council Members
Michael Bergeron, MD
Lee Brown, MD
Vanessa al Rashida, MD
Annette Fontaine, MD
Howard Gogel, MD
Luis Padilla Paz, MD
Sylvia Lyon - Executive Director
Jennifer Valenti - Administrative Assistant
Sylvia and Jennifer can be reached at 505-821-4583.