Board of Directors
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.
Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, a family physician in Kingsport, Tenn., 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. In addition to his duties as AAFP president, 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, Tenn., where he is also a professor of family medicine.
Robert L. Wergin, MD, a family physician in Milford, Neb., is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. He works in private practice at the Milford Family Practice Center, where he practices the full spectrum of family medicine, from obstetrics to geriatrics. He also serves as medical director for Sunrise Country Manor Nursing Home and Crest View Care Center.
Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, a family physician in Denver, Colo., 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. He serves as the chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has been in this role since 2001. He also practices the full scope of family medicine, including obstetrics, at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver.
John Meigs, MD, has been in private practice as a family physician in Centreville, Ala., his hometown, since 1982. He is one of five physicians serving Bibb County and its population of 22,000. In addition to his private practice, Meigs serves as chief of staff at Bibb Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital in Centreville.
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 also 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 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.
Wanda Filer, MD, has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years. She is the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, Pa., a health policy and public health consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today’s health issues and the need for change.
Rebecca Jaffe, MD, has been a practicing family physician in Wilmington, Del., for more than 30 years. She currently owns and serves as managing partner of Rebecca Jaffe MD and Associates, a three-physician private practice specializing in family and sports medicine. She also serves as an instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia.
Daniel Spogen, MD, has been a practicing family physician for more than 30 years. He currently serves as a professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, where he also serves as a faculty professor and director of medical education.
Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, a family physician in Patagonia and Nogales, Ariz., has been in practice 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 director for curriculum and community-based education. In addition, Gonzales serves as an advisor for the college’s Traditional Indian and Western Medicine Collaboration, as well as to minority medical students.
H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, has been a family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He currently serves as chief medical and academic officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he is responsible for patient safety, medical education, research and medical staff support.
Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, has been a family physician in solo practice in rural Castroville, Texas, for nearly 30 years. He serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is also the health officer for Castroville and its neighboring community, La Coste.
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 clinical professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.
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,.a family physician in Overland Park, Kan., has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 27 years. He is currently in full-time practice at Saint Luke’s Medical Group in Overland Park, Kan., where he also serves as medical director for Saint Luke's South Primary Care.
Kisha N. Davis, MD, is a family physician in Gaithersburg, Md. She is the director of community health at Casey Health Institute, a new integrative medicine primary care practice in Gaithersburg, that opened earlier this year.
Kimberly R. Becher, MD, is a family physician in Culloden, W.Va. She received her medical degree from Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, where she is in her third and final year of residency and serves as one of the department’s chief residents.
B. Tate Hinkle is a fourth-year student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Huntsville. He was recently named a Larry A. Green Visiting Scholar by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC. Beginning January 2014, he will participate in a four-week health policy immersion program working alongside Graham Center staff to develop original research with the goal of national publication and dissemination.
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.