Main Stage and Featured Presenters

The 2016 Main Stage and featured presenters included:  

Opening Main Stage

Becoming a Champion for Primary Care
Thursday | 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Panelists: TBD
Moderator: T.R. Reid

The Health is Primary panelists will share their perspectives on how to become a primary care champion and how attendees can help shape the role of primary care in this rapidly evolving health care system. The aim of the Health is Primary campaign is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans.


Friday Main Stage

Friday | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Presenter: Jeffrey Brenner, MD

Jeffrey Brenner, MD is executive director of the Camden (NJ) Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Dr. Brenner founded the Coalition after recognizing the need for a new collaboration method between hospitals, providers, and community residents. His innovative use of data to identify high-need, high-cost patients in a fragmented system and improve their care was profiled in the 2011 New Yorker article "The Hot-spotters" by writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande, and on PBS Frontline. In 2013 he was honored with the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship for his work, and in 2014 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine.


Closing Main Stage

Saturday | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP

[Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP ]

Dr. Wanda Filer

Wanda D. Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, the 2016 AAFP President, has been a practicing family physician for more than 25 years and currently works in York, Pennsylvania. 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. Dr. Filer has the distinction of having served as the first Physician General of Pennsylvania, where she acted as public health advisor to the governor. As president of the AAFP, Dr Filer will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.


Featured Workshop

Thursday | 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Friday | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Presenter: Maureen E. Murphy, MD

Maureen E. Murphy, MD, of Concord, North Carolina, was named the 2016 AAFP Family Physician of the Year. Murphy began her career as a television reporter and public relations specialist. But as she researched and wrote about the family medicine specialty, she developed such a strong belief in its tenets that it motivated her to change careers. The AAFP Family Physician of the Year award honors one outstanding family physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive care, and serves as a role model in his or her community to other health professionals and to residents and medical students.