Alaska Physician Elected to Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222

DENVER — Barbara J. Doty, M.D., FAAFP, 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. Doty was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

Doty is a practicing family physician in Wasilla, Alaska. She is a founding member and senior partner at Providence Matanuska Health Care where she has practiced the full spectrum of family medicine, ranging from obstetrics to geriatrics, for more than 25 years. Doty also holds an appointment as associate clinical professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine where she has long served as a site coordinator for the school’s rural immersion program for third-year medical students with expressed interested in family medicine. As an AAFP board member, she 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, Doty has been an active member of the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians since 1986 where she has served in numerous leadership positions, including past-president and board member. She is recognized as a leader in developing progressive and high-quality continuing medical education resources for Alaskan family physicians.

At the national level, Doty has been an active member of the AAFP since 1986. She currently serves as Alaska’s state delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates, and is a former member of the AAFP Commission on Education, the Subcommittee on International Medicine and the Committee on Rural Health.

Doty was awarded the Alaska Family Physician of the Year award in 1995 for her leadership in establishing the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program. The Anchorage-based program has placed more than 60 practicing family physicians in Alaska during the last decade. Doty has also lectured at several international seminars related to training for rural medicine. As a member of the Working Party on Rural Practice of the World Organization of Family Doctors, she actively explores opportunities for international exchange.

Doty graduated cum laude from the Washington State University, Pullman, with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Colorado Family Practice Residency, Denver. Doty has completed fellowship programs in rural medicine, integrative medicine and faculty development. She also is a certified medical acupuncturist.

Doty is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She 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.

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