IBM Executive, Martín J. Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H. Joins TransforMED Board of Managers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
LEAWOOD, Kan. – TransforMED, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians, today announced a new member of its governing board. Martín J. Sepulveda, M.D., M.P.H., IBM Fellow and vice president of Integrated Health Services for IBM, joined the TransforMED Board of Managers effective March 1. During his 3-year tenure on the board, Sepulveda will advise TranforMED on matters of importance to large employers related to the value of primary care and the patient-centered medical home model of care.
Sepulveda has long dedicated himself to educating large U.S. employers about the benefits of providing employees health coverage that values a strong primary care foundation. He currently leads IBM's global wellness programs and health benefit plans aimed at keeping IBM employees healthy. He also has worked with business and government leaders to share lessons from IBM’s experience and success.
“Dr. Sepulveda has a profound understanding of the U.S. health care system and how primary care can improve it,” said Terry McGeeney, M.D., MBA, president and CEO of TransforMED. “His contributions to TransforMED will be instrumental in helping large employers understand how patient-centered primary care can lower health care costs and result in a healthier workforce.”
Sepulveda is an honorary member of the AAFP. He also is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s Population Health and Public Health Practice Board, the Board of Directors of the Employee Benefits Research Institute, the Board of Advisors to the School of Public Health at the University of Iowa, the Board of the National Business Group on Health, and chairs the Global Health Benefits Institute.
Sepulveda received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University, completed internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco Hospitals and Clinics, internal medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, occupational medicine residency at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Leawood, Kan.-based TransforMED LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Established in 2005, TransforMED provides ongoing consultation and support to physicians looking to transform their practices to a new model of care that is based on the concept of a patient-centered medical home. TransforMED is an active member of primary care communities and recognizes and supports the unique value that primary care offers to patients and the health care system. TransforMED shares and supports the idealism and altruism of primary care physicians and the strong commitment to their communities and patients through continuing patient relationships and independent decision making. TransforMED offers practices both products and services, including consultation and advice on implementing the patient centered medical home model. To learn more about TransforMED, visit www.transformed.com(www.transformed.com).
About the American Academy of Family Physicians
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).