Newly Elected Officers Serve American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

Contact:
Stephanie A. Wilken
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 ext. 5221
swilken@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. -- The following individuals were elected as officers to serve on the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees and assumed this leadership role Jan. 1. The AAFP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

As officers, they will help guide the organization in its efforts to advance the values of family medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people.

President – S. Hughes Melton, MD, MBA, FAAFP, DABAM
S. Hughes Melton, MD, MBA, FAAFP, DABAM, is a family physician from Bristol, Virginia and the president of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. Melton currently serves as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Health. In addition, Melton founded HighPower, P.C., a patient-centered medical clinic in Russell County, Virginia that specializes in clinical pharmacy consults and addiction treatment services. 

From 2012 to 2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia facilities of Mountain States Health. In 2015 one of his teams won the President’s Quality Award, the highest quality award granted at MSHA, and he received the Servant’s Heart Award, the highest patient service award granted at Mountain States.

Melton holds the honor of 2011 Family Physician of the Year from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He earned his medical degree from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he also, in 1996, completed his residency. In 2012, he earned an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, also in Charlottesville.

He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished and continuing medical education. 

President Elect – P. Brent Smith, MD, MSc, FAAFP
P. Brent Smith, MD, MSc, FAAFP, is a family physician in Cleveland, Mississippi, and the president-elect of the AAFP Foundation Board of Trustees. In addition to private practice, he currently serves as medical director of the Delta State University Athletic Training Education program and primary care team physician for Delta State University Athletics in Cleveland. 

A member of the AAFP since 2008, his previous work includes serving as the student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He is a past member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services and past resident member of the AAFP Board of Directors. Smith is also active at the state level and serves on the board of trustees and several task forces for the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine in Jackson, where he also, in 2012, completed his residency. In 2013, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished and continuing medical education. 

Vice President – Douglas A. Spotts, MD, FAAFP
Douglas A. Spotts, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and vice president of the AAFP Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the chief health information officer at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. 

He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, where he led a five-year governance transformation of the PAFP during his tenure. He is also active in the Pennsylvania Medical Society and American Medical Association member, and holds memberships with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Spotts earned his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, and completed his residency in 1996 at the Harrisburg Family Practice Residency at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished and continuing medical education.

Treasurer – Julie K. Anderson, MD, FAAFP
Julie K. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and serves as a physician with Centracare Health in Saint Cloud. 

Anderson serves as delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and she is a member of the Commission on Governmental Advocacy. She is also active at the state level where she previously served as Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians president. Dr. Anderson was recognized by the city of Saint Cloud in 2013 with the 5 Under 40 Award, given to up-and-coming community leaders under the age of 40. She has also been acknowledged as a “Best of Central Minnesota Family Physician” for the past two years.

Anderson earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduation, she worked for three years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and completed her residency in 2003 at the University of Minnesota Rural Residency Program in Waseca, Minnesota. 

She has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished and continuing medical education.

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About the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to advance the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational, and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. For more information, please visit www.aafpfoundation.org.