John Meigs, MD, Elected Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. — John Meigs, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Centreville, Ala., has been elected speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando. As speaker, Meigs will serve as an officer on the AAFP board of directors. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide.
As an AAFP board member, Meigs will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Meigs has been in private practice in Centreville, Ala., his hometown, since 1982. He is one of five physicians serving Bibb County and its population of 22,000. In addition to his private practice, Meigs serves as chief of staff at Bibb Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital in Centreville.
A member of the AAFP since 1979, Meigs has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Scientific Assembly Resolutions Committee and the Committee on Rural Health. He chaired the Commission on Health of the Public. Prior to his first term as vice speaker in 2008, he had served as Alabama’s delegate or alternate delegate to the Congress of Delegates since 1996.
At the state level, Meigs is an active member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. He served on its board of directors since 1991, including terms as president and chair. He also has served on the Alabama AFP’s Executive Committee and chaired both the Public Relations Committee and Education Committee. Meigs also was vice president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization, from 2003 to 2008.
A former Speaker of the House of Delegates and College of Counselors for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Meigs currently serves as a member of its Board of Censors. In addition, he is a member of the State Board of Medical Examiners and the State Committee on Public Health. He also serves on the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board.
Meigs is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Medicine Argus Award for Best Attending in Family Medicine.
An active member of his community, Meigs serves as a deacon at Brent Baptist Church, a member of the Brent Civitan Club and president of the Bibb County Junior Miss Board of Directors. In 2004, he was named Bibb County Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Centreville.
Meigs earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham Selma Family Practice Residency Program in Selma, Ala., where he also served as chief resident.
He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and 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 129,000 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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