Perry A. Pugno, M.D., MPH

Vice President for Education

Perry A. Pugno, M.D., MPH, became vice president for education in 2011 after serving as the AAFP’s director of medical education for nearly 12 years. In his current role, Pugno oversees all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing medical education. These areas include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest in the specialty of family medicine, including federal policies that affect it; and CME curriculum development, production, and accreditation and regulations.

Pugno leads a team of nearly 60 AAFP staff members as they work to promote high-quality, innovative education for physicians, residents, and medical students that encompasses the art, science, evidence and socioeconomics of family medicine.

The AAFP received the “Accreditation with Commendation for Excellence” designation for its CME in 2007 from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Only about 8 percent of all ACCME-accredited providers receive this prestigious designation. Under Pugno’s leadership, the AAFP will reapply for CME accreditation in 2013. He directs AAFP’s CME enterprise, which is expected to generate more than $10.7 million in revenue during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

As vice president, Pugno also helps direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities in addition to participating actively in the activities of the AAFP Board of Directors. He is based in the AAFP’s headquarters office in Leawood, Kan.

From 1999 to 2011, Pugno served as the AAFP’s director of medical education. In this capacity, he was responsible for AAFP initiatives related to medical school and residency education, including supervision of a consulting service for residency programs and providing staff support for AAFP workforce policy and legislative advocacy.

Pugno received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of California-Davis School of Medicine in 1974. He then completed a family medicine residency at the UCLA-affiliated Ventura General Hospital. He later earned a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health where he focused on multidisciplinary educational administration.

After residency, Pugno served in the National Health Service Corps in Barstow, Calif., before he entered the sphere of graduate medical education as a residency program director. He accumulated more than 20 years of experience in that role. During this era of his career, he worked in programs from California to Connecticut including public, private and university-sponsored settings.

Pugno has served as president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, president of the University of California Medical Alumni Association, chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and was the founding chair of the National Institute for Program Director Development. He also has experience in corporate physician leadership and managed care.

Pugno is board-certified in both family medicine and emergency medicine. He has experience as the director of a trauma center, chief medical officer of a hospital, public health officer, and medical director of a health plan. He is a fellow of the AAFP, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.