The Board of Directors operates to further the mission of the AAFP: to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity. Learn more about the responsibilities for each position:
Robert L. Wergin, MD, FAAFP
Robert L. Wergin, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Milford, Nebraska, is president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served three years as a director on the AAFP Board and one year as president-elect. Wergin was chosen president-elect in September 2013 by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. He is a practicing family physician in the town where he was born and raised. He practices the full spectrum of family medicine at the Milford Family Practice Center, from obstetrics to geriatrics. He also serves as medical director of Crest View Care Center.
Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, a family physician in York, Pennsylvania, is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, she served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Filer has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years. 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.
Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, FAAFP
Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, a family physician in Kingsport, Tennessee, is board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Blackwelder was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. He serves as director of the Medical Student Education Division for the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he is also a professor of family medicine. He previously served as program director of the Kingsport Family Medicine Residency Program of ETSU for more than 13 years and remains on faculty at the residency.
John Meigs, MD, FAAFP
John Meigs, MD, a family physician in Centreville, Alabama 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.
Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Javette C. Orgain, MD, a family physician in Chicago, is an associate professor of clinical family medicine in the University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Family Medicine. She served as medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (formerly University of Illinois – Chicago) Mile Square Health Center. Orgain serves as medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department.
Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP
Douglas E. Henley serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Henley works with the AAFP Board of Directors on the mission, strategy and vision for the AAFP and provides representation to other organizations, including medical, public, and private sectors.
Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, FAAFP
Carlos Gonzales, MD,has been a practicing family physician in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, where he also is assistant dean for Medical Student Education. In addition, Gonzales serves as an advisor to the college’s Traditional Indian and Western Medicine Collaboration as well as to minority medical students.
Carl R. Olden, MD, FAAFP
Carl R. Olden, MD, 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 University of Washington School of Medicine and Pacific Northwest University of the Health Sciences.
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, FAAFP
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, has been a family physician in solo practice in rural Castroville, Texas, for nearly 30 years. He is the medical director and CEO of United Physicians of San Antonio ACO. Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Jack Chou, MD, FAAFP
Jack Chou, MD, has been a practicing family physician at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center for almost 15 years and has been the center’s physician in charge since 2006. He also currently serves as an assistant professor of physician assistant education at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.
Robert A. Lee, MD, FAAFP
Robert A. Lee, MD, a family physician with The Iowa Clinic, P.C., in Johnston, Iowa, was born and raised in the rural community of Harlan, Iowa, and has been a practicing family physician in his home state for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the associate medical director for The Iowa Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic based in Des Moines, Iowa.
Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP
Michael L. Munger, MD,.a family physician in Overland Park, Kansas, has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 28 years. He is currently in full-time practice at Saint Luke’s Medical Group in Overland Park, Kansas, where he also serves as medical director for Saint Luke's South Primary Care.
Mott P. Blair, MD
Mott P. Blair, MD, is a family physician at Vidant Family Medicine in Wallace, North Carolina. His practice has changed dramatically during his nearly 30 years in family medicine. 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.
John S. Cullen, MD
John S. Cullen, MD, has been practicing full-scope family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 20 years. Cullen works in a small group practice and is both chief of staff and director of the emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center.
Lynne M. Lillie, MD, FAAFP
Lynne M. Lillie, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Red Wing, Minnesota. She has 18 years’ experience as a full spectrum family physician and currently serves as a physician for the Mayo Clinic Health Systems with a clinical focus on geriatrics, women’s health and dermatologic procedures
Emily Briggs, MD, MPH
Emily Briggs, MD, MPH, a family physician in New Braunfels, Texas, serves as the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.
As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Briggs represents the interests and opinions of the new physician constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates.
Andrew Lutzkanin, MD
Andrew Lutzkanin, MD, a family physician in Reading, Pennsylvania, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. As the resident member of the board of directors, Lutzkanin represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates.
Kristina Zimmerman, a fourth-year student at The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
As the student member of the board of directors, Zimmerman represents the interests and opinions of the National Conference of Students to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates.
Conflict of Interest
In accordance with AAFP policy, members of the AAFP Board of Directors are required to provide AAFP with a statement regarding actual or potential conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest statements for individual directors are available upon request. Requests should be directed to the Deputy Executive Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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