Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP

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Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP serves as the NMA's Immediate Past President. He was installed as the 112th President of the National Medical Association (NMA) in July 2011. “Serving as the President of this great organization, is one of the great highlights of my professional career, an awesome honor coupled with a tremendous responsibility.”  

Dr. Bright is the Assistant Dean of Special Programs and Admissions in the Department of Medical Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  He recently worked as an Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University and a staff physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Durham, NC.  He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.  He completed residency training at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University.   In June 2011, Dr Bright received the title of Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) from ACP President Dr. Virginia Hood.

Dr. Bright has been an active member of many professional organizations and has served on many national and local committees. In addition to his active involvement with the NMA, he has been a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and the American Medical Association.  At the NMA, Dr. Bright has held many leadership positions including the Office of President Elect, Speaker of the House of Delegates, Vice Speaker and Secretary of the House of Delegates.   He has been committed to the national, regional, and local societies of the NMA.

As an Associate Clinical Professor, Dr. Bright was very active in mentoring and teaching medical students and doctors in training within the VAMC and Duke University Medical Center. He is active mentor for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and was elected to a two-year term as a professional board member of SNMA. For the past ten years, he has led health empowerment programs in indigent communities in Durham which are staffed by volunteers and medical students. In addition to teaching medical students, Dr. Bright instructs physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and undergraduates.  

Dr. Bright is also very active in his community where he served on the North Carolina Medical Society Patient Safety Taskforce, the Governor’s Quality Initiative, and the North Carolina State Genomics Taskforce and as an officer for the Durham Academy of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. He served as President of the Old North State Medical Society in 2010-2011, as well as President of The Durham Academy of Medicine Dentistry and Pharmacy in 2010-2011.  Dr. Bright is a Past Chair of the Board of the Lincoln Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center. He was selected to a six year term for the Durham County Hospital Corporation, and served as the Vice Chair for the Patient Safety and Quality Committee and the Finance Committee.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bright has championed the elimination of healthcare disparities.  He has been involved in health disparities research and has presented papers and abstracts at multiple national and local venues. Dr. Bright was an invited participant at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual summits where he has spoken on health disparities in the Veterans Administration medical system.  Dr. Bright has been interviewed in various media outlets with a focus on health disparities and health equity.  Given the focus of the nation on healthcare reform and on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, over the last year he has focused his efforts on access, reform and has participated in numerous advocacy efforts.  Dr. Bright plans to continue his focus on ensuring that all Americans have access to basic healthcare.  He is the recipient of numerous citations and awards for his professional and community service.  

He is married to Maria Moore Bright and they have a son, Andrew “Drew” Weldon.  They reside in Durham, North Carolina.