Moose Lake physician Randy Rice has been appointed as the 155th president of the Minnesota Medical Association, the association announced Wednesday. Rice began his term Oct. 1 and will serve for one year. He was installed on Sept. 24 at the annual MMA conference.

Rice is a family medicine physician at Gateway Family Health Clinic and has been a member of MMA since 1988, serving as chair of the board of trustees, and on the nominating committee, awards committee, policy council and political action committee.

According to the news release from MMA, Rice plans to focus on reducing health disparities in the state, addressing the social determinants of health and reducing administrative burdens in the practice of medicine.

This story was edited at 3:17 p.m. on Oct. 2 to correct the description of where Rice practices. It was originally posted at 12:19 p.m. on Oct. 1.

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