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Carolyn Lopez Re-Elected Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 02, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5223
Lopez is chair of the Department of Family Practice at John Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) in Chicago. In addition, she is associate professor at Rush Medical College’s Department of Family Medicine. She is also a Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois trustee and is on the Board of Governors for the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.
A member of the AAFP since 1981, Lopez has served the profession in a variety of roles, including serving on the Academy’s Commission of Public Health, the Commission on Public Health and Scientific Activities, the Committee on New Physicians and the Committee on Minority Health Affairs. Lopez is a past president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and has been named to Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders.
Lopez earned her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Chicago. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in 1978, and was later named a distinguished alumnus of the school’s Urban Health Program. She completed a family practice residency at Rush-Christ Family Practice in Chicago. Her leadership in health care earned Lopez a commendation from the Cook County Board of Commissioners. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is an AAFP Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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