FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Shawn Martin will join the AAFP as vice president of advocacy and practice advancement , effective June 1.Martin brings 13 years of experience in legislative issues and public policy affecting patients’ access to health care, medical education, the physician workforce and payment for medical services. “I look forward to leading the advocacy efforts of an organization that is focused on improving health care for all Americans,” said Martin. “I share the AAFP’s commitment to patient-centered care and ensuring patients’ access to the comprehensive care provided by family physicians, and I’m pleased to be a part of their team.”Martin will oversee the AAFP Division of Government Relations and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC, as well as the Division of Practice Advancement at the AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan. In his new role, he will direct legislative and private sector advocacy on issues such as physician payment and medical liability reform. In addition, he will oversee the health information technology center and practice support divisions at the AAFP headquarters.“We are extremely pleased that Shawn will be leading our public and private sector advocacy and practice advancement efforts,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, executive vice president/CEO of the AAFP. “He brings a wealth of knowledge of the issues of greatest importance to family physicians as they care for their patients. He has a proven record of advocating on behalf of primary care physicians and the patients they serve.” Before joining the AAFP, Martin served as director of government relations for the American Osteopathic Association, where he oversaw AOA legislative advocacy on issues such as Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, graduate medical education and health system reform. Martin has served in leadership roles of several coalitions in Washington, including as chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. He was named by The Hill as one of the top 10 health care lobbyists in Washington, DC. A native of Oklahoma, Martin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Phillips University in 1992.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in five of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 192 million office visits each year — nearly 66 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).
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May 29, 2012