American Academy of Family Physicians Hires Robert Hall, J.D., As Director of Government Relations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Contact:
Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224
lchampli@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Robert Hall, J.D., M.P.Aff., will join the AAFP as director of the Division of Government Relations, effective Sept. 12.

Hall brings 20 years of experience in health care policy, most recently with the American Academy of Pediatrics where he was associate director of federal affairs. There he led advocacy efforts on legislative and public policy issues affecting children’s access to health care, health system reform, the medical home, 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 Hall. “I share the AAFP’s commitment to secure resources to help physicians provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. I’m thrilled to be part of the team that will help ensure continuing and increasing patient access to the high-quality care provided by family physicians.”

Hall will provide strategic and management oversight of the AAFP’s federal and state advocacy efforts. In his new role, he will direct legislative and regulatory advocacy on issues such as health care delivery reform, public health issues and access to comprehensive primary medical health care.

“We are extremely pleased that Bob will be leading our legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts,” said Shawn Martin, senior vice president for advocacy, practice advancement and policy. “Bob has extensive experience in Washington, DC, and brings a wealth of knowledge of the issues of greatest importance to primary care 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, Hall served as assistant and then associate director of federal affairs for the AAP. Prior to joining the AAP, Hall was director of government relations for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.  He served as legislative counsel to a U.S. Senator and started his legal career as a front-line attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before entering private practice.

Hall earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania, his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and his master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, both in Austin.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited 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(5 page PDF) 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).