In Their Own Words: Family Physician Q&As

Because family medicine is such a customizable specialty, the possibilities are endless. Check out these physician profiles to see the amazing things family physicians do with their careers, including rural medicine, sports medicine, women's care, private and group practice, teaching, research, and more.

Mark Ryan, MD, FAAFP, practices family medicine in Richmond, VA, teaches, volunteers, travels, and tweets! He is assistant clinical professor of family medicine for Virginia Commonwealth University, and medical director for the school's international/inner city/rural preceptorship.

Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD, has acquired many titles in his ten years as a family physician. He practices and teaches as the Indiana University Methodist Family Medicine Center, which its in inner-city Indianapolis and serves a diverse community that includes system employees and a significant underserved population.

Dr. Joane G. Baumer's 32 years in family medicine have included sports medicine, women's care, and global health initiatives. Dr. Baumer is chair of the department of family medicine at JPS Health Network Family Health Center in Fort Worth, Texas, a teaching clinic for the family medicine residency and geriatric residency that also serves as the international health clinic for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, joined the faculty of the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2004, after completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a two-year fellowship in health services research.

Flora Sadri-Azarbeyejani, DO, MPH, FAAFP, has been practicing family medicine for 7 years, and is currently the medical director of the Community Health Center of Franklin County in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Better known as "Dr. Z," Jeffrey Zlotnick, MD, CAQ, FAAFP, practices family medicine and sports medicine across state lines, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He's been in practice for nearly 30 years, and sat for the sports medicine Certificate of Added Qualification exam in 1982.

Marc Price, DO, says he was a family physician even before graduating medical school in 1999. In private practice in Malta, N.Y., Dr. Price worked for a large group practice before deciding to open his own, solo practice. Dr. Price sees about 100 patients per week in his practice, and said it's the clinical patient interactions that attracted him to family medicine.

Barbara L. Sheline, MD, MPH, has made private practice, academics, global health, clinical innovation and service to the underserved all part of her career. She practices the full scope of care, including obstetrics, through her position as assistant dean for primary care and associate professor of family medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.

Having recently transitioned from private practice in rural Oklahoma to a full-time faculty position at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, brings a full-scope expertise with him to the academic community. Dr. Kohl has been practicing full-scope family medicine for seven years, including surgical obstetrics and endoscopy, with a strong focus on community involvement and public health.

Melody Jordahl-Iafrato, MD, is a family physician working with North County HealthCare's office in Show Low, Arizona, a federally qualified community health center. Dr. Jordahl-Iafrato sees all types of patients from newborns to the elderly, provides obstetrical care and does procedures, among them skin biopsies, cryotherapy, colposcopies and joint injections. Because it is an FQHC, her office offers a sliding scale for payment.

DeVry C. Anderson, MD, started his career as a military surgeon, completing an internship in orthopedic surgery before serving in the military. He went back to complete a family medicine residency in 2009 and now serves as a military surgeon for the Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, TX, and as owner and chief medical officer for Quick Care Walk In Clinic, North Austin, TX.

Balancing roles as full-time associate professor at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri, serving as medical director for the Area Health Educaiton Center (AHEC), and as medical director for corrections medicine for the Saint Louis County Department of Health, Fred Rottnek, MD, MAHCM, is a family physician on a mission.

Beverly Flowers Jordan, MD, FAAFP, practices family medicine in the rural community of Enterprise, Alabama. She is part of a four-physician partnership that employs a certified registered nurse practitioner and provides ancillary services to its patients, which include the population of the farming community around Enterprise and the local military base.

Dr. Jay Lee is assistant program director and director of health policy at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Pogram. He also does extensive work with the California Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Lee has been involved in the California Academy's Family Medicine Revolution movement and has become a very visible family physician in the social media scene, tweeting from @familydocwonk

Dr. Jen Brull practices family medicine in a Kansas town of only 2,000. Her practice — Prairie Star Family Practice, which she opened in Plainville, Kan., in 2002 — serves residents in the town and across the county. Dr. Brull collaborates with four other family physicians and three midlevel providers in the community, and the scope of her practice is full, "delivering babies to nursing home, ER to hospice, inpatient and outpatient," Brull said.