Kevin Fickensher, M.D.-who is sometimes called the "Johnny Cash of health care" because of his all-black wardrobe-wears a small whisk on his lapel to advertise his tendency to stir things up.

Announced in March as the new president of AMIA (formerly the American Medical Informatics Association), he is taking over a post usually held by a high-level academic researcher. While Fickensher has done his share of that sort of thing, his career has been unusually diverse, including long tenures in family practice, health system administration, and consulting.

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