Family physician Robert Moser Jr., M.D., of Wichita, Kan., has been named secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. The announcement by the state's governor-elect, Sam Brownback, came on Jan. 3 -- exactly one week before Brownback is to be sworn into office.
As a result, Moser, who most recently was director of rural health and outreach at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Wichita, has withdrawn his candidacy for AAFP director.
Moser signed on as rural health director at the medical center in September 2010. Previously, he had practiced in rural Tribune, Kan., since 1988, slowly building what started as a two-physician practice in a county-owned clinic into a bona fide health care system -- one of the first rural systems to be named a National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Now, Greeley County Health Services boasts three comprehensive care clinics in three counties along the western edge of Kansas, as well as two critical-access hospitals.
A past president of the Kansas AFP, Moser is board-certified in family medicine and holds a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine. He earned his medical degree from the KU School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina, Kan.
Moser's appointment requires confirmation by the Kansas Senate, which is scheduled to convene next week.