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Established in 1906, and headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Southern Medical Association is a non-profit, physician-led, multispecialty medical association committed to promoting the health of patients through physician advocacy and a culture of leadership which enhances professional development. SMA is dedicated to promoting and supporting physicians as leaders within the healthcare delivery and reform movements. Physicians are the ultimate patient advocate and have a deep commitment to their patients’ health, well-being, and safety. SMA supports physicians with informational and educational programs as tools to allow physicians to articulate and advocate for their profession and their patients.

Southern Hospitals Lose Margin

By Clement P. Cotter, Jr., MD, MBA I read with interest Beth Kutscher’s article, “Hospital margins slump due to squeeze from […]

A Journey with Bipolar Disorder

By Jennifer Price “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book. […]

Did You Know?

Did you know that prior to the late 19th century, doctors wore black coats instead of white coats?   As medical schools […]



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Our Mission: The Southern Medical Association promotes the health of patients through advocacy, leadership, education, and service.