Indiana Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
PHILADELPHIA — H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Indianapolis, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Knight was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.
As an AAFP board member, Knight will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Knight has been a practicing family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He currently serves as chief medical officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he is responsible for quality of care, patient safety, medical education, research and medical staff support. Knight was previously in private practice in rural Flora, Indiana. In 2011, he was named to the Board of Trustees for Marian University in Indianapolis. He serves on the Indiana Medicaid Therapeutics Committee and the Indiana Medical Education Board. Knight also serves as a volunteer clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
A member of the AAFP since 1984, Knight has served on numerous commissions and committees. He currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice. He is a past chair of the Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and the Awards Subcommittee. Knight has also served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for the past 12 years
At the state level, Knight has been an active member of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians since his first year of medical school in 1984. Since that time, he has served in one or more leadership positions each year, including past president and board chair. Knight also has served on the Indiana AFP’s Commissions on Legislation and Education. In 2004, the Indiana AFP awarded Knight the A. Alan Fischer Award for his outstanding contributions to family medicine education. He was Indiana AFP Student of the Year in 1987.
Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he also served one year as chief resident. In addition, Knight holds a Faculty Development Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
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 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest 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 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).