Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP


Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 134,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Gingrich advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the US health care system.

Gingrich currently practices family medicine and teaches residents and students as a professor in both the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He has served more than 20 years on the medical school admissions committee and has spent more than 25 years organizing premedical programming and serving as an advisor to the college’s Family Medicine Interest Group. Prior to his academic practice, he was in community practice as a partner in the Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles.

A member of the AAFP since 1979, Gingrich has served on the Pennsylvania delegation to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He served as a member of the Commission on Continuing Professional Development from 2012 to 2016 and on the Commission on Education, for which he held the position of chair of the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues from 2009 to 2011. He also served on the Cultural Proficiency Workgroup from 2007 to 2011 and the Committee on Rural Health from 2001 to 2006, chairing the committee in 2005.

At the state level, Gingrich has served the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians in various leadership roles including chapter president and board chair. He served on the Government and Practice Advocacy Committee, the Legal and Government Affairs Commission and the Resident and Student Affairs Commission, for which he held the position of chair for four years.

At Penn State, he has served on the University Faculty Senate and as faculty organization president at the College of Medicine, and has received college humanitarian and services awards. In the community, he has worked with the Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center for more than 20 years. He received the AAFP Exemplary Teacher Award in 2014.

Gingrich earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in State College. He earned his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He completed his residency in family medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. He has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.