Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, a family physician in York, Pennsylvania, is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, she served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Filer was elected to the position by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body, during the organization’s annual meeting.
As president-elect of the AAFP, Filer advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Filer has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years. She is the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today’s health issues and the need for change. In addition, Filer is a family physician at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center in York and Adams Counties.
An active member of the AAFP since 1987, Filer has served on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy and as board liaison to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. In addition, Filer has also served on the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees and on the board of FamMedPAC, the AAFP’s political action committee.
Filer is a past president and an active member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, including having served six years as the chapter’s delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.
At the state level, Filer has the distinction of having served as the first Physician General of Pennsylvania, where she acted as public health advisor to then-Gov. Tom Ridge. She also has served as an ad hoc member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition, Filer is past-president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Cancer Society. She is the past chair of Vision of Hope for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, which focuses on the prevention of child sexual assault. Filer also worked for 18 years as a health correspondent for WGAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Filer earned her bachelor’s degree in family health science from Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, and her medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She completed her family medicine residency at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, New Jersey, where she also served as chief resident. Filer earned an executive MBA from Pennsylvania State University.
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Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP