Idaho Doctor Named 2014 Family Physician of the Year

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Contact:
Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
jdavis@aafp.org

SAN DIEGO — The American Academy of Family Physicians today named Keith Davis, MD, FAAFP, the national 2014 Family Physician of the Year during the third general session of its Scientific Assembly. The award honors one outstanding U.S. family physician who provides patients with compassionate and comprehensive care, and serves as a role model professionally and personally in his or her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students.

Davis is the only practicing physician in Lincoln County, Idaho, a remote county in southern Idaho the size of Rhode Island with a population of more than 5,200 people. As owner, medical director and chief executive officer of the Shoshone Family Medical Center since 1985, Davis employs two physician assistants, a nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. The center also offers mental health counseling services and a diabetes education program that is recognized by the American Diabetes Association. In addition, Davis attends at three area hospitals and has served the past 15 years as county coroner.

Davis, who attended medical school on scholarship from the National Health Service Corps, is a true NHSC success story. In return for the scholarship, Davis agreed to serve in a health professional shortage area after completing his training. Following residency, Davis moved to Shoshone, which at the time, had one physician who was awaiting retirement. Davis has remained in Shoshone for 28 years.

Davis also serves as medical director at A Promise of Hope Hospice and cares for patients at numerous assisted living and skilled nursing facilities throughout the region. Additionally, he is immediate past chief of staff at St. Luke’s Jerome Medical Center. Although the county is very rural and vast, Davis is known for making house calls no matter where the house is located.

Davis’ role as a family physician extends beyond community service and caring for patients. He is a clinical instructor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He also serves as affiliate faculty at the Idaho State University Physician Assistant Program where he was recently awarded the 2013 Outstanding Educator Award by students and faculty.

In addition, he gives generously of his time to the University of Washington School of Medicine’s Rural Underserved Opportunities Program, an elective immersion experience providing first- and second-year medical students early exposure to the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care in rural and urban underserved environments. Davis has been an active participant in this program since its inception more than 20 years ago.

Davis has been an active member of the AAFP since 1985. At the state level, he has held numerous leadership positions, currently serving on the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. He served as IAFP president from 2008 to 2009, and was named Idaho Family Physician of the Year in 2012.

An active member of his local community, Davis volunteers for the American Cancer Society and has held numerous leadership positions, including unit chairman, Idaho Division president, Rocky Mountain Division/Great West Division National Assembly delegate and Rocky Mountain Division board member. In 1998, he was awarded the St. George Medal for his ongoing leadership, commitment and dedication to the society’s mission to combat cancer. Davis was also a founding member and is currently on the board of the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of the Magic Valley, a Faith In Action program to assist senior citizens and disabled adults with safe and independent living. He also has served on the boards of the Idaho Rural Health Association and Shoshone Rotary Club, and was an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

Born and raised in Oregon, Davis earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and completed his family medicine residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

Davis 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 115,900 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.


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