H. Clifton "Clif" Knight, MD, CPE, FAAFP
Senior Vice President, Education
Clif Knight, MD, CPE, FAAFP, is senior vice president, education. He oversees all organizational activities related to medical education, continuing medical education, and journal media. These areas include education and training of medical students and residents; student interest and choice of a career in the specialty of family medicine; expansion of graduate medical education in family medicine including federal policies that affect it; CME curriculum development, production of CME activities, and CME accreditation and regulations; and publication of AAFP’s journals. In addition, Knight serves as the organization’s champion for Physicians Health First -- an AAFP initiative created to help family physicians address burnout and find ways to improve their well-being.
Knight was a family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He served as chief medical and academic officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for patient care quality and safety, medical education, research, medical staff support, and performance improvement. Knight was previously in private practice in rural Flora, Indiana. In 2011, he was named to the board of trustees for Marian University in Indianapolis. He served on the Admissions Committee for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which admitted its inaugural class in August 2013. Knight served in an appointed position on the Indiana Medical Education Board, which oversees state grant funding for family medicine residency programs in Indiana.
A member of the AAFP since 1984, Knight was elected to the AAFP board of directors in 2012, a position he has resigned to take on his current role in 2014. He has served on numerous AAFP commissions and committees. He is a past chair of the Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and the Awards Subcommittee. Knight also served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 12 years.
At the state level, Knight was an active member of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians beginning his first year of medical school in 1984 until moving to the Kansas City area in 2014. He served in one or more leadership positions each year, including chapter president, board chair, and delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Knight also has chaired the Indiana AFP’s Commissions on Legislation and Education. In 2004, the Indiana AFP awarded Knight the A. Alan Fischer Award for his outstanding contributions to family medicine education. He was Indiana AFP Student of the Year in 1987.
Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he also served one year as chief resident. In addition, Knight completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. From 1992 to 2007, Knight was a full-time faculty member in the Community Health Network Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis where he served as program director.
Knight is recognized as a certified physician executive (CPE) having completed all requirements by the American Association for Physician Leadership. 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 education.