ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Academy of Family Physicians held elections for its board of directors this week at its annual meeting. The board of directors advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. The AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.
- John Meigs, Jr., MD, FAAFP, is president. He is a family physician in Centreville, Alabama. Meigs was in private practice in Centreville, his hometown, from 1982 to 2013. In 2013, he merged with another practice to become a part of Bibb Medical Associates, which is housed in a clinic at Bibb Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital in Centreville. He also serves as chief of staff at Bibb Medical Center.
- Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP, is president-elect. Munger is a family physician in Overland Park, Kansas. He is currently in full-time practice at Saint Luke's Medical Group in Overland Park, where he also serves as medical director for Saint Luke's South Primary Care. The group has 100 members at 14 different sites, all of which have received Level 3 patient-centered medical home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He formerly served as medical director for Sweet Life at Grand Court Assisted Living, also in Overland Park.
- Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is board chair. Filer is a family physician in York, Pennsylvania. Previously, she served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. She is the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today's health issues and the need for change. In addition, Filer is a family physician at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams Counties. She also served six years as the associate program director at the York Hospital Family Practice Residency Program.
- Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the organization's governing body. Orgain is a family physician in Chicago, Illinois. She is an associate professor of clinical family medicine in the University of Illinois Chicago Department of Family Medicine and team physician for Vitas Innovative Healthcare. Orgain formerly served as medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Mile Square Health Center until 2013. Orgain is medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department.
- Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is vice speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the organization's governing body. Schwartzstein is a family physician at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, where he has practiced for the past 27 years. He has more than 30 years of clinical experience and a background in leadership, community service, public health, advocacy and education. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he teaches both students and residents.
- Douglas Henley, MD, FAAFP, is executive vice president and chief executive officer of the AAFP. Henley works with the AAFP Board of Directors on the mission, strategy and vision for the AAFP, and provides representation to other organizations, including those in the medical, public and private sectors. He also serves on the board of directors of the AAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAFP.
- Mott Blair, MD, FAAFP, continues to serve his term on the board of directors. Blair is a family physician at Vidant Family Medicine. His practice has changed dramatically during the past 30 years. Blair got his start in a small practice, where he was one of two physicians. He later worked as a solo physician. More recently, his practice merged with a hospital system. As a regional medical director in the system, Blair's leadership helped the practice earn Level 3 patient-centered medical home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He is also an affiliate assistant professor in the department of family medicine at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine in Greenville.
- John Cullen, MD, continues to serve his term on the board of directors. Cullen is a family physician in Valdez, Alaska. He has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 21 years. Cullen works in a small group practice and is both chief of staff and director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center. He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching, welcoming students and residents into his practice and home for a rural medical experience. He is an associate clinical professor at Dartmouth University. From 2007 to 2013, Cullen served on the Alaska State Medical Board. During this time, he also served on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- Lynne Lillie, MD, FAAFP, continues to serve her term on the board of directors. She is a family physician in Rochester, Minnesota. Lillie has been a full-time practicing family physician for 21 years and is currently a member of the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine in Rochester. She continues in full-time clinical practice with a focus on treating patients of all ages, and enjoys doing gynecologic and dermatologic procedures. Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic Health System, Lillie served as the medical director for Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minnesota.
- John L. Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP, continues to serve his term on the board of directors. Bender is a family physician in Fort Collins, Colorado, and senior partner and chief executive officer at Miramont Family Medicine. He is a past president of the Colorado Medical Society and past president-elect and board chair of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. He is chairman of the board for Physicians Accountable Care Solutions, LLC, a nationwide accountable care organization, which achieved more than $10 million in Medicare savings in 2015. He is also an associate professor of family medicine with a preceptor appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, and a preceptor to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado.
- Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, continues to serve his term on the board of directors. LeRoy is a family physician in Dayton, Ohio. He is the associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he is also an associate professor of family medicine. LeRoy is a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Clinic. He was the clinic's medical director from 1994 to 2008, and helped secure funding to remodel and expand the center and its services. LeRoy serves and leads the Dayton community through Reach Out Montgomery County, Dayton Public Schools, American Red Cross and Saint Vincent's Homeless Shelter
- Carl Olden, MD, FAAFP, continues to serve his term on the board of directors. Olden is a family physician in Yakima, Washington. He is the senior family physician at Pacific Crest Family Medicine. He also serves as the medical director for quality assurance, utilization review and medical staff services for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. He is a clinical instructor in family medicine for the both the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences in Yakima. .
- Robert F. Raspa, MD, FAAFP, is a member of the board of directors. Raspa is a family physician and faculty member with St. Vincent's Family Medicine Center in Jacksonville, Florida. He is also a retired captain in the U.S. Navy. A member of the AAFP since 1985, Raspa has served in leadership positions at the state and national level.
- Leonard D. Reeves, MD, FAAFP, is a member of the board of directors. Reeves is a family physician and associate dean of the Northwest Clinical Campus of the Medical College of Georgia in Rome, Georgia. In addition, Reeves volunteers at the Faith and Deeds Free Clinic of Rome, where he also serves as president of the board.
- Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, is a member of the board of directors. Stewart is a family physician with the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers in Columbia, South Carolina, where she has practiced since 2012. She currently serves as lead provider and HIV specialist. A member of the AAFP since 1995, Stewart has served in several leadership positions at the state and national level.
- Matthew Burke, MD, is the new physician member of the board of directors. Burke is a family physician in Washington, D.C. He was elected to a one-year term by the new physician constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders and was confirmed by the AAFP's governing body, the Congress of Delegates. Burke also currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and chair of their Governmental Advocacy Committee.
- Stewart Decker, MD, is the resident member of the board of directors. Decker was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates. He most recently served as resident delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2015 and as student representative on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy in 2014.
- Lauren Abdul-Majeed is the student member of the board of directors. Abdul-Majeed is a fourth-year student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She was elected to a one-year term by the National Conference of Medical Students and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates. Abdul-Majeed has served as both a regional and the national coordinator for the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group National Network and as student member of the AAFP Commission on Education.
Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with any of the board members, please contact Stephanie A. Wilken at (800) 274-2237, ext. 5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that's 214 million visits annually -- 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America's underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine's cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP's award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org.
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