Meet the RPS Consultants

The physicians who serve as Residency Program Solutions consultants represent years of experience and expertise in family medicine education.

Greg Blake, MD, MPH

Greg Blake, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Dr. Blake completed his medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and completed his family medicine residency at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. Dr. Blake is a professor of family medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville. He serves as department chairman and chief of family medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Blake has served as an RPS consultant since 1994.

Steven Crane, MD

Steven Crane, MD, MA, FAAFP

Dr. Crane was trained as a health economist at Stanford University and worked at the Institute of Medicine and the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC, as a health policy analyst. He completed his medical education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he served as chief resident. Dr. Crane is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the assistant division director at Mountain Area Health Education Center and is director of practice innovation for Mission Health System in Asheville. He joined the RPS Panel of Consultants in 2012.

Roxanne Fahrenwald, MD

Roxanne Fahrenwald, MD, MA, FAAFP

Dr. Fahrenwald graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, received her medical degree from Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine, and completed residency in family practice at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Dr. Fahrenwald practiced in Alaska before serving as faculty physician and program director in family medicine for 28 years at State University of New York at Stony Brook, and at the Montana Family Medicine Residency Program in Billings. She is DIO of the Billings program and active in the National Association of Community Health Centers. She has served on the RPS Panel of Consultants since 2001.

Roger Garvin, MD, FAAFP

Roger Garvin, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Garvin received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University in 1985. He completed his residency at Family Medicine Spokane and practiced eight years of full spectrum care in a small town in Eastern Washington. He then spent 11 years on the faculty of the Spokane Family Medicine residency and completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington. He currently serves as the Family Medicine Residency Director at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dr. Garvin joined the RPS Panel of Consultants in 2015.

Bill Geiger, MD

Bill Geiger, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Geiger graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Akron City Hospital, in Akron, Ohio. He has served as program director for over 18 years in two residency programs in Toledo, Ohio and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is currently serving as Associate Program Director at the Dublin Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Columbus, Ohio.

Bill Gillanders, MD

Bill Gillanders, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Gillanders received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed his residency at the University of Washington and practiced for 10 years in White Salmon, Washington, before pursuing an academic career. He directed successful residency programs in Ohio, California, and Oregon. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Gillanders directed the Providence Oregon Family Medicine Residency Program in Milwaukie, Oregon, until 2013. He has served on the RPS Panel of Consultants for more than 20 years.

Walt Mills, MD

Walt Mills, MD, MMM, FACPE, FAAFP

Dr. Mills is clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and has been on the clinical faculty since 1986. He is Chief of Staff at Natividad Medical Center, Chair of GME, Medical Student Program Director and Associate Director for the UCSF Natividad Family Medicine Residency Program in Monterey County, California. Dr. Mills serves on the California Academy of Family Physicians’ Board of Directors as Speaker. He was co-director of the UCSF Northern California Faculty Development Fellowship. He joined the RPS Panel of Consultants in 2012.

Anne Musser, DO

Anne Musser, DO

Dr. Musser received her osteopathic medical degree at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her residency at Phoenix General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Musser joined the faculty at Western University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (Pomona, California) in 1990 and served there in several positions, including chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She currently is program director of Alaska Family Medicine Residency (ACGME/AOA accredited) in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Musser joined the panel of consultants in 2016.

Elissa Palmer, MD, FAAFP

Elissa Palmer, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Palmer attended medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin, Family Medicine Residency in Madison. Dr. Palmer has worked in private practice in Vermont and Maine. She directed a suburban residency in Pennsylvania in addition to overseeing several hospital departments. During her time in Nevada, she founded a rural residency and held positions as Family Medicine chair at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs (Las Vegas) and President of the Medical School Associates South Practice plan. She held roles on national organizations including President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors and a Board member of the Association of Department of Family Medicine Chairs. She has received multiple federal grants for development of training programs. She has always practiced full scope family medicine including OB. Currently, Dr. Palmer is professor and founding chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. Dr. Palmer joined the RPS Panel of Consultants in 2015.

Judy Pauwels, MD

Judy Pauwels, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Pauwels is a family physician and professor at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, currently working with the UW Family Medicine Network as the Associate Director for Program Development and Accreditation. Previously, she was program director at the UW Family Medicine Residency Program for 10 years and at Tacoma Family Medicine for 6 years. She has consulted for HRSA on the Teaching Health Center grant program, and served on STFM, AMFRD, and FMAH task forces on accreditation, the single accreditation system, and workforce issues. Dr. Pauwels has been an RPS Consultant since 2002.

Louis Sanner, MD, MSPH

Louis Sanner, MD, MSPH, FAAFP

Louis Sanner, MD, MSPH, FAAFP - Dr. Sanner is a practicing physician and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in Madison, where he also served as program director from 1996-2002. Dr. Sanner attended Stanford Medical School. He completed his family medicine residency, chief residency, and two-year research fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Sanner has expertise in graduate medical education financing, new residency development and rural training track development. He has provided advanced obstetrical training to local health care providers in the US and various parts of the developing world. Dr. Sanner has served on the RPS Panel of Consultants since 2001.

Eric Skye, MD

Eric Skye, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Skye is associate chair for educational programs and associate professor at the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine Residency, where he previously served as program director. He received his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire. Dr. Skye completed his family practice residency at the Travis Air Force Base, David Grant Medical Center in California, and completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Skye currently is working internationally in projects involving family medicine training and development in Ghana and Japan. He has served on the RPS Panel of Consultants since 2007.

Kent Voohees, MD

Kent Voorhees, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Voorhees is professor of clinical practice and vice chair for education for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He oversees all of the department’s educational programs including three family medicine residencies, fellowships which include sports medicine, palliative medicine and addiction medicine, and medical student education. He helped to develop a rural training track and is exploring options for other new programs. He helped start a family medicine residency in 1994 from his private practice, and served as its program director. Dr. Voorhees has served on the RPS Panel of Consultants since 2010.

Zach Waterson, DO, FAAFP

Zach Waterson, DO, FAAFP

Dr. Waterson received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his residency at the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Medical Education Program (FWMEP), serving as co-chief resident during his third year. Dr. Waterson joined the faculty of FWMEP in 2003 as director of Osteopathic Medical Education. In 2010, he returned to FWMEP full time as associate program director. He was promoted to program director in 2013. Dr. Waterson joined the panel of consultants in 2016.