Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Chicago, Illinois, is speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. As speaker, Orgain serves as an officer on the AAFP Board of Directors.

The AAFP represents 129,000 family physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Orgain advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

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 is medical director/consultant for the Village of Park Forest Health Department and formerly served as medical director at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Mile Square Health Center until 2013.

An AAFP member since 1983, Orgain served on the Commission on Governmental Advocacy from 2007 to 2011. She has also served as an Illinois delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

At the state level, Orgain served on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, including terms as president, president-elect and board chair from 2002 to 2010. She has served on the Illinois AFP Government Relations Committee and chaired the Urban Health Committee. In 2003, Orgain received the Illinois AFP President’s Award for her work on the campaign for a Healthy, Smoke-Free Chicago.

In 2000, Orgain served as the 100th president of the National Medical Association, the oldest and largest organization representing African-American physicians and health professionals in the United States. Prior to her presidency, she served two terms as vice president. She was vice-chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council from 2007 to 2012, has served as chair of the NMA House of Delegates Council on International Affairs, and also was a NMA Delegate to the United Nations. Additionally, Orgain chaired the African-American Health Care Council in Chicago from 2000 to 2011. She also served as chair of the Illinois State Board of Health from 2003 to 2015.

In 2003, Orgain was an honoree of the National Library Association/National Library of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association as a “Local Legend.” In 2009, she was honored as a HistoryMaker by the University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks. She received the Helen O. Dickens, MD, alumni award for distinguished service and leadership from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine Urban Health Program as well as the Practitioner of the Year award from the NMA in 2014. Orgain served as assistant dean of the UHP from 2006-2011. She is the chair of the UIC Medical Alumni Council since 2014.

She has traveled extensively to examine other health systems, including visits to China; Cuba; South America; east, west and southern Africa; the Caribbean; Laos; and Myanmar. Along with two colleagues in 2009, she wrote and received funding from Rotary International for an HIV community health education and nutritional supplementation project in Mthatha, South Africa.

Orgain earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois Chicago, and her medical degree from the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. She completed her master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health. Orgain completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, in 1985.

She has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.