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An Israeli pediatrician was named president of the World Medical Association.

Dr. Yoram Blachar, a veteran member of the WMA council, was promoted to president over the weekend, beating candidates from New Zealand and India.

The WMA represents millions of physicians hailing from 84 national medical associations worldwide. Blachar, 67, has been especially active in WMA debates on medical ethics but has vowed to boost the association’s work on preventive care, especially in emerging nations.

Blachar has served as chairman of the Israel Medical Association since 1995.

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