FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
SAN DIEGO — Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Denver, Colo., 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. Cain was elected to these positions by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.
As board chair of the AAFP, Cain will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
In addition to his duties as AAFP board chair, Cain serves as the chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has been in this role since 2001. He also practices the full scope of family medicine, including obstetrics, at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver. Additionally, Cain serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Throughout his 25 years of practice and teaching, Cain has been instrumental in creating a unique environment reflecting family medicine’s role in providing patient-centered care and a medical home to Colorado residents of all ages.
At the state level, Cain has been an active member of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians since 1985, where his roles have included president and chair of the board. He currently serves on Colorado’s Medical Services Board, which oversees the state’s Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus program. In this role, he was influential in passing and implementing legislation defining the medical home in Colorado and improving access for the underserved.
At the national level, Cain has demonstrated his dedication to public health through his co-founding of the Tar Wars tobacco-free education program that has reached more than 8.5 million children in 50 states and 16 countries. What began as an inspiration during his family medicine residency is now one of the AAFP’s most respected outreach programs.
Cain was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2013. He is a former member of the national board of directors of the Amputee Coalition, where he also served as chair of its Advocacy Committee and as a member of its Medical Advisory Board. His leadership and advocacy efforts with the Coalition have resulted in passage of prosthetic fairness laws in 22 states as well as introduction of bipartisan federal prosthetic insurance legislation. An amputee himself, Cain has competed and taught nationally in adaptive sports. He holds the first gold medal in adaptive slalom snowboarding from the US National Snowboarding Championships and introduced a new adaptive ski device — the ski-bike — to North America.
Cain graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., and completed his family medicine residency at the Mercy Family Medicine Residency program in Denver, Colo., where he was chief resident.
Cain is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also 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 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).
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Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, Assumes Role of Board Chair