H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, M.D., FAAFP


H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, FAAFP, is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.

As an AAFP board member, Knight advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Knight 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. Knight was previously in private practice in rural Flora, Indiana. In 2011, he was named to the board of trustees for Marian University in Indianapolis. He serves on the Admissions Committee for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which admitted its inaugural class in August 2013. Knight has an appointed position on the Indiana Medical Education Board, which oversees state grant funding for family medicine residency programs in Indiana.

A member of the AAFP since 1984, Knight has served on numerous commissions and committees. He is a past chair of the Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and the Awards Subcommittee. Knight also served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 12 years.

At the state level, Knight has been an active member of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians since his first year of medical school in 1984. Since that time, he has served in one or more leadership positions each year, including past president and board chair. Knight also has served on the Indiana AFP’s Commissions on Legislation and Education. In 2004, the Indiana AFP awarded Knight the A. Alan Fischer Award for his outstanding contributions to family medicine education. He was Indiana AFP Student of the Year in 1987.

Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he also served one year as chief resident. In addition, Knight holds a Faculty Development Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. From 1992 to 2007, Knight was a full-time faculty member in the Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency where he is currently serving as interim program director.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.