Pennsylvania Physician Named New Physician Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

Chris Lupold, M.D., a family physician in Lancaster, Pa., has been elected the new physician representative to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents more than 94,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Lupold was elected to a one-year term by the New Physician Constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies and was confirmed today by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

A new physician is a doctor in his or her first seven years of practice following residency completion. As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Lupold represents nearly 27 percent of AAFP active members and is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the New Physician Constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. He also will advocate 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 1997, Lupold has served in several leadership capacities. As a family medicine resident, he was the resident delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and as a medical student he was student chair of the AAFP National Conference of Residents and Students. In 2007, Lupold was elected as the new physician delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and was the co-convener for the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies. He has been a member of the AAFP National Research Network Advisory Committee since 2006.

In addition, Lupold is a past member of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and currently serves on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.

Lupold is in practice with Lancaster General Medical Group at Strasburg Family Medicine. He is currently leading a medical home program in his office as part of the Governor’s Chronic Care Initiative and Improving Performance in Practice. He is also a member of the medical group’s Quality Committee.

Lupold earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia in 2001. He completed residency training in 2004 at Lancaster General Family Practice Residency Program, Lancaster, Pa. During his residency he received the AAFP-Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education.

Throughout his academic and professional careers, Lupold has worked with students, the community, families and children. Since 2002, Lupold has been a CPR instructor, and from 2005 to 2008, he volunteered at the Pregnancy Centers of Central Virginia. He has also taught medical students in his office as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine with the University of Virginia.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).