Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP is the medical specialty organization representing 136,700 family physicians and medical students nationwide.

Henley works with the AAFP Board of Directors on the mission, strategy and vision for the AAFP and provides representation to other organizations, including medical, public, and private sectors. He also serves on the board of directors of the AAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the AAFP.

Henley has served on the board of directors of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative since its founding. The PCPCC is a coalition of more than 700 businesses, consumers and health care organizations that have joined together to advocate for the patient-centered medical home.

Henley is a founding member of the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Steering Committee, whose mission is to improve health care quality and patient safety. He also serves on the steering committee of the Catalyst for Payment Reform, established to promote and reward high quality, patient-centered care that is cost-effective and that reduces disparities in access to care among Americans.

Henley serves on the Health Care Advisory Board of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation. The CEO Council is composed of chief executives of some of the nation’s largest employers, established to share innovative strategies and best practices to improve employee health and the delivery of health care.

Henley served as a commissioner on the American Health Information Community, which was formed to help advance efforts to reach then-President George W. Bush’s call for most Americans to have electronic health records within 10 years. In this capacity, Henley served as co-chair of the Personalized Healthcare Workgroup. Henley also was one of the inaugural commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, created as an impartial panel to certify electronic health records and other health care information technology products.

Henley has been an AAFP physician member and volunteer since 1973. He was elected to the AAFP Board of Directors from 1991 to 1997, serving as chair from 1993 to 1994 and 1996 to 1997, and as president from 1995 to 1996.

Prior to assuming the position of executive vice president, Henley was in private practice for 20 years in his hometown of Hope Mills, N.C. He is the first practicing family physician to be named executive vice president and the first AAFP past-president and board chair to serve in that position.

In the past, Henley served on numerous AAFP committees and commissions including the Commission on Legislation and Governmental Affairs, Commission on Health Care Services, Commission on Public Health and Scientific Activities, Committee on Scientific Program and the Committee on Resident and Student Affairs.

Henley’s many past appointments include serving on the editorial boards of Family Practice News and Journal of Family Practice; the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel; the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Technology, Insurance and the Health Care System; the North Carolina Cervical Cancer Task Force and as a member of the board of directors of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Henley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and the university’s family medicine residency program. 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.

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