Stewart Decker, MD
Stewart Decker, MD, a family medicine resident in Klamath Falls, Oregon, serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. Decker was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and was confirmed by the governing body of the AAFP, the Congress of Delegates.
As the resident member of the board of directors, Decker represents the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, he advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
A member of the AAFP since 2013, Decker has served in several leadership positions at the state and national levels. He served as resident delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2015 and as student representative on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy in 2014. In 2013, Decker was a member of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Legislative Committee, as well as the Practice Enhancement and Patient Advocacy Committee. He currently is the resident member of the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.
In late 2015, Decker helped found the Oregon Policy & Engagement Network, an organization that works to enable medical students to learn about and become engaged in political issues. He also works with Healthy Klamath, a project focusing on community-based health interventions.
From March through September 2013, Decker was a project manager at Sacred Valley Health in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where he trained rural community health workers in strategic long-term planning and program policy development.
As a family medicine resident, Decker has been recognized with the AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and received the 2015 AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute scholarship. As a medical student, he was honored with the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Medical Student Achievement Award, inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the University of Minnesota President’s Student Leadership and Service Award.
Decker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. He completed a certificate in international public health from the Institute for International Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri, and earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.