Ted Epperly, M.D., Assumes Role of Board Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
mmoriarty@aafp.org

BOSTON — Ted Epperly, M.D., FAAFP, a family physician in Boise, Idaho, assumes the role of board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians today. Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect and three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Epperly was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. The AAFP represents more than 94,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.

Epperly is program director and chief executive officer of the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise. He also is clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. As AAFP board chair, Epperly 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 1980, Epperly has advocated in many ways on behalf of family medicine and the patients the specialty serves. He has utilized his academic experience in a variety of roles on the Commission on Education, including serving as chair of the commission and chair of its Graduate Curriculum Subcommittee. He has chaired the Reference Committee on Education at the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He chaired the Program Directors Workshop Planning Committee for the Family Medicine Residency Directors’ National Workshop for three years. He also has served as AAFP board liaison to the Commission on Practice Enhancement, Commission on Continuing Professional Development and the Commission on Health of the Public.

Epperly has held all the elected positions in the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, including president. He joined the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians when he retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2001 and returned to his home state of Idaho.

Epperly earned his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University, Logan, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash., where he served as chief resident. He completed a family medicine faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Epperly is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics. He also has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

Epperly’s 21 years in the U.S. Army include service as a family physician, residency director, department chair, chief of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital emergency room during Desert Storm and Desert Shield, commander of a field hospital, chief of staff, director of graduate medical education, and deputy commander of an Army medical center. He was a colonel when he retired.

Epperly is a member of the editorial advisory board of the International Society for Men’s Health and Gender, the editorial board of the Annals of Family Medicine and the advisory board of Men’s Health. He also is a reviewer for the Annals of Family Medicine and American Family Physician. He was a residency assistance program consultant before becoming a member of the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for family medicine, which is responsible for the accreditation of the nation’s family medicine residencies, sports medicine and geriatric fellowships.

Epperly serves as a commissioner on the Central District Board of Health for the four-county area surrounding Boise. In addition he has published more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters, and given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally.

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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).