James A. Ellzy, MD, FAAFP


James A. Ellzy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Washington, D.C., is a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. As an AAFP board member, Ellzy advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Ellzy currently serves as the deputy program executive officer at Defense Healthcare Management Systems. In this role, he serves as the senior chief medical informatics officer for the military’s electronic health record implementation, for health data exchange between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for health data exchange between the DoD and civilian health care organizations.

In addition, Ellzy serves as associate faculty at the Fort Belvoir Family Medicine Residency, where he teaches and maintains a full-scope clinical practice including outpatient care, inpatient care and obstetrics. As an assistant professor of medicine, Ellzy instructs medical students during clinical rotations at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

A member of the AAFP since 2001, Ellzy served as a Uniformed Services delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. He also served as a member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services, for which he held the position of chair in 2015. He served on the Member Interest Groups Task Force from 2013 to 2014.

At the chapter level, Ellzy has served the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians in various leadership roles including chapter president, vice president and board member. He was named the USAFP Physician of the Year in 2017.

Ellzy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in computer studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. He completed an internship and his residency in family medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, California. He also earned his Master of Science in medical informatics from Northwestern University.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical