Robert F. Raspa, MD, FAAFP


Robert F. Raspa, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Jacksonville, Florida, 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, Raspa advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Raspa is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy and has been a practicing family physician and faculty member with St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center since 2003. He is also a clinical associate professor at Nova Southeastern School of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Lauderdale, and clinical assistant professor at both the Florida State University School of Medicine in Tallahassee and University of Florida School of Medicine in Gainesville.

An active member of the AAFP since 1985, Raspa has served in leadership positions at the state and national level. He has previously chaired the AAFP Commission on Resident and Student Issues, the Subcommittee on Graduate Curriculum and, most recently, the Commission on Education. He served as president and delegate to the AAFP for the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians. Raspa is also a member and former board member of the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors. At the state level, Raspa served as president, chairman of the board, and Florida delegate of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

Raspa has extensive military and medical teaching experience, serving as a full-time faculty member of a residency program or a medical school since 1986. He was formerly the chairman and program director of the Family Medicine Department and Residency Training Program at Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, from 1997 to 2003. Under his direction, the program grew to be a leader in service, evidence-based medicine and publication production.

Raspa has received numerous military honors including the Joint Service Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal (Bronze Star).

Raspa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University, in Morgantown and completed his internship and family medicine residency training at Naval Hospital Pensacola.

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