AAFP Statement: Condolence to Family and Friends of Dennis Sandlin, MD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, December 21, 2009

With great sadness, the American Academy of Family Physicians expresses condolences to the family, friends and patients of Dennis Sandlin, M.D. His death was the result of a senseless and tragic act of violence against a physician who provided an essential service in his rural community.

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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).