FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
SAN DIEGO — Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Overland Park, Kan., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Munger was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.
As an AAFP board member, Munger will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Munger has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 27 years. He is currently in full-time practice at Saint Luke’s Medical Group in Overland Park, Kan., where he also serves as medical director. As medical director for the group, which has 89 members at 11 different sites, Munger is leading the group’s transformation process to achieve designation as a patient-centered medical home. He formerly served as medical director for Sweet Life at Grand Court Assisted Living, also in Overland Park. Previously he practiced for 16 years at Group Practice Hickman Mills Clinic, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.
Munger also served as a volunteer clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan., and as associate faculty at both the Baptist Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Kansas City, Mo., and the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.
A member of the AAFP since 1986, Munger has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Commission on Education and AAFP Scientific Program Committee, both of which he also chaired. He currently serves on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and is serving his third year as the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Previously, he served three years as Missouri’s delegate to the COD. Munger deepened his COD involvement by serving on the Reference Committee on Education, the Reference Committee on Public Health and chairing the Credentials Committee.
At the state level, Munger is an active member of the Kansas AFP, having held numerous key leadership positions, including secretary, president and board chair. When practicing in Missouri, Munger was actively involved in the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, where he served in every board position, including president and board chair. He also served as president of the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians.
An active member of his local community, Munger served as spokesperson for the Clean Air Kansas City initiative and as a member of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce’s Public Smoking Restriction task force. For nearly a decade, Munger also volunteered his time at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic.
Munger earned his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from University of Missouri – Kansas City. He completed his family medicine residency at what was then the Goppert Family Practice Residency Program at Baptist Medical Center, also in Kansas City, Mo
Munger 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.
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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Kansas Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians