Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP

Vice Speaker

Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP, a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas, is vice speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates, the organization’s governing body. As vice speaker, Kohl serves as an officer on the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide.

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

Kohl is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Puerto Rico. He also cares for patients and supervises residents part-time as a clinical associate professor of family medicine with the University of Oklahoma Rural Residency program in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He previously served as chief medical officer of TransforMED, ran a full-scope solo practice in rural Oklahoma, and served in the United States Air Force as a senior flight surgeon.

A member of the AAFP since 1998, Kohl started his association serving as a student delegate to the Congress of Delegates and served as student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students. Since then, he has held numerous leadership roles, including serving on multiple commissions, as the new physician member of the Board of Directors, and as the chair of the Commission on Finance and Insurance. He held a variety of leadership positions within the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, including 16 years on the board of directors and a term as president.

Kohl has been an active member of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, serving on multiple committees and as a legislative liaison. As a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, he is well versed in parliamentary procedure and its application.

Kohl earned his Bachelor of University Studies degree in fire protection and safety engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, where he also completed his residency in family medicine.

Kohl 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.