New Mexico Physician Elected to Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Contact:
Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
jdavis@aafp.org

DENVER — Richard F. Madden, Jr., M.D., FAAFP, a family physician in Belen, N.M., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 94,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. Madden was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

Madden is practicing family physician with Presbyterian Medical Group in Belen, N.M., where he has practiced rural family medicine for more than 25 years. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque. As an AAFP board member, he will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

At the state level, Madden has been an active member of the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians since 1983 where he has served in numerous leadership positions, including past-president and board chair. A champion of the patient-centered medical home model of care, Madden was instrumental in helping pass legislation to test the PCMH model in New Mexico’s Medicaid and CHIP programs. He now serves on the project’s implementation advisory committee. Madden also is an active member of the New Mexico Medical Society where he currently serves as vice speaker and Valencia County delegate.

At the national level, Madden has been an active member of the AAFP since 1998. He currently serves as New Mexico’s delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates and is a member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice. He also is a member of the AAFP Working Group on Rural Health, which is tasked with addressing the numerous challenges faced by physicians who practice in rural communities.

Madden is committed to the health of his community as demonstrated by his efforts to establish a new clinic when the local, 24-bed hospital was forced to close in 1990. He continues working at the clinic while also serving as a medical consultant for the Belen High School student health clinic and the Cottonwood Gulch Foundation Camp. He previously served 13 years as medical director of emergency medical services for Valencia County.

Madden was awarded the New Mexico Family Doctor of the Year award in 1992. He graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he also completed his family medicine residency.

Madden is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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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).