American Academy of Family Physicians Names New Vice President for Education

Perry A. Pugno, M.D., MPH, to direct all medical education and CME activities

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Perry A. Pugno, M.D., MPH, vice president for education. In his new role, Pugno will oversee all organizational activities related to medical education and continuing medical education. These areas include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest in the specialty of family medicine, including federal policies that affect it; and CME curriculum development, production, and accreditation and regulations.

In his new position, Pugno will lead a team of nearly 60 AAFP staff members as they work to promote high-quality, innovative education for physicians, residents, and medical students that encompasses the art, science, evidence and socioeconomics of family medicine.

“In addition to his extensive experience, Dr. Pugno brings strong leadership to our education activities,” said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., AAFP’s CEO and executive vice president. “He’s the right person to continue our nationally recognized work in the areas of medical education and CME.”

The AAFP received the “Accreditation with Commendation for Excellence” designation for its CME in 2007 from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Only about 8 percent of all ACCME-accredited providers receive this prestigious designation. Under Pugno’s leadership, the AAFP will re-apply for CME accreditation in 2013. He will direct AAFP’s CME enterprise, which is expected to generate more than $10.7 million in revenue during the current fiscal year.

As vice president, Pugno also will help direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities in addition to participating actively in the activities of the AAFP Board of Directors. He is based in the AAFP’s headquarters office in Leawood, Kan.

Since 1999, Pugno has served as AAFP’s director of medical education. In this capacity, he was responsible for AAFP initiatives related to medical school and residency education, including supervision of a consulting service for residency programs and providing staff support for AAFP workforce policy and legislative advocacy.

Pugno received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of California-Davis School of Medicine in 1974. He then completed a family medicine residency at the UCLA-affiliated Ventura General Hospital. He later earned a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University School of Public Health where he focused on multidisciplinary educational administration.

After residency, Pugno served in the National Health Service Corps in Barstow, Calif., before he entered the sphere of graduate medical education as a residency program director. He accumulated more than 20 years of experience in that role. During this era of his career, he worked in programs from California to Connecticut including public, private and university-sponsored settings.

Pugno has served as president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, president of the University of California Medical Alumni Association, chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, and was the founding chair of the National Institute for Program Director Development. He also has experience in corporate physician leadership and managed care.

Pugno is board-certified in both family medicine and emergency medicine. He has experience as the director of a trauma center, chief medical officer of a hospital, public health officer, and medical director of a health plan. He is a fellow of the AAFP, the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives.

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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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