FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
PHILADELPHIA — Glen R. Stream, MD, MBI, FAAFP, a family physician in Spokane, Wash., today assumes the role of board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served one-year terms as president and president-elect, and three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Stream was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.As board chair of the AAFP, Stream will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.Stream has been a family physician serving the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years. He joined the Rockwood Clinic, in Spokane, in 1991. At the clinic, he has served as board member, chief privacy officer, medical director of clinical information services and now as chief medical information officer. Prior to his move to Spokane, Stream worked six years in a three-physician rural family medicine practice in Cashmere, Wash.A member of the AAFP since 1985, Stream served on the Commission on Governmental Advocacy from 2005 to 2007. He also served as a delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates from 2000 to 2007, and as an alternate delegate from 1994 to 2000. He also served on the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2010.A member of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians since 1985, Stream has served in numerous leadership roles, including one year as president and four years as co-chair for the WAFP Commission on Legislation and Governmental Affairs. Stream continues to play an active leadership role with the Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation — the charitable arm of the WAFP. Stream also has been an active member of the Washington State Medical Association, in which he served on the Inter-Specialty Council, and as a trustee of the Spokane County Medical Society.Stream attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree with honors in microbiology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed his family medicine residency at the Swedish Hospital Family Medicine Residency program, also in Seattle. He also completed a Master of Biomedical Informatics degree at the Oregon Health and Science University in June 2007.Stream 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 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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October 17, 2012 - Stream