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Lexington Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Dr. Ellington has been in private practice in Lexington since 1984. In 1992, he co-founded the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic where he has served as volunteer medical director for the past 15 years. He also has served locally on the boards of directors for Stonewall Jackson Hospital and Rockbridge Community Services.
At the state level, Dr. Ellington served for many years on the boards of both the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (VAFP) and the Medical Society of Virginia. He has been president of both organizations and presently serves as treasurer of the VAFP. Ellington also has served as secretary of the Virginia Physicians Network and was chair of the Quality Council for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He presently serves as chair of the Governance Committee of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation.
At the national level, Ellington has served on the AAFP Commission on Health Care Services (now the Commission on Practice Enhancement), as the AAFP advisor to the Current Procedural Terminology Panel, and is now a delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He also serves an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association.
Dr. Ellington graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1971 with a degree in biology. He was a distinguished military graduate and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Reserve upon graduation. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1975. Ellington completed his family medicine residency while on active duty in the Army at Silas B. Hays Hospital at Fort Ord, Calif. He then served three years overseas at the 67th Evacuation Hospital in Wuerzburg, Germany. Ellington returned to Fort Ord in 1981 and served first as a staff physician of the residency training program before becoming director of residency training and then chairman of the department of family medicine.
Dr. Ellington is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an AAFP fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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