American Academy of Family Physicians Names David Kibbe, M.D., as Director of New Center for Health Information Technology
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 26, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
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The Center for Health Information Technology, based at the AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan., will promote and facilitate the adoption and use of health information technology by AAFP members and other office-based clinicians.
“We are delighted to have Dr. Kibbe join our staff. His expertise in the area of health information technology and his experience as a practicing family physician give him just the right perspective as we move to embrace electronic health records,” said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., AAFP Executive Vice President.
Kibbe is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and a health informatics consultant, frequently speaking about HIPAA. He served in Texas as a National Health Services Corps family physician, where he ran a successful private practice and directed a hospice and home health agency for nine years.
Kibbe earned a master’s degree in business administration with concentration in health-care management in 1990 from the University of Texas, Austin and completed an internship in family medicine at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine in 1980. He earned a medical degree from Case-Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1979 and received a bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard University in 1973.
“It is an honor for me to have this opportunity and I am going to work very hard to make the Center a trusted and unbiased resource for family physicians,” said Kibbe.
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