The first board of directors of the American Academy of General Practice was formed in June 1947. Since then, our board has shaped the American Academy of Family Physicians into what we know today.
The board of directors adheres to the same mission as that of the Academy: to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.
Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP
Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician with the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Columbia, South Carolina, where she has practiced since 2012. She currently serves as lead provider and HIV Specialist. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and has achieved the rank of Colonel. She is a preceptor for nurse practitioners, medical residents and medical students, and has received numerous awards, including the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award for her precepting at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
Sterling N. Ransone Jr., MD, FAAFP
Sterling N. Ransone Jr., MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Deltaville, Virginia. Ransone is a third-generation family physician and has practiced rural medicine for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the physician practice director at Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice in Deltaville. In addition to his office practice, Ransone is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP
Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Dayton, Ohio, is the associate dean for student affairs and admission at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, where he also is an associate professor of family medicine. A lifelong Daytonian and public servant, LeRoy cares for the underserved as a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Center. He was the center's medical director from 1994 to 2008 and helped secure funding to remodel and expand the center and its services. LeRoy serves the Dayton community through Reach Out of Montgomery County, Dayton Public Schools and Saint Vincent’s Homeless Shelter.
Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP
Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Oregon, Wisconsin. He has practiced family medicine at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, for the past 30 years. He has more than 35 years of clinical experience and background in leadership, community service, public health, advocacy and education. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, where he teaches both students and residents.
Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP
Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas, and member of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Texas, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. He also cares for patients at Whiteman Air Force Base as Senior Flight Surgeon and Commander with the 131st Medical Group. He previously served as chief medical officer of TransforMED, ran a full-scope solo practice in rural Oklahoma, and served as faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
R. Shawn Martin
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
R. Shawn Martin serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He 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.
James A. Ellzy, MD, FAAFP
James A. Ellzy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Washington, D.C., Ellzy currently serves as the MHS GENESIS Clinical Functional Champion at the Defense Health Agency. In this role, he advises and assists Defense Health Agency leadership on all matters pertaining to the Department of Defense's new electronic health record (MHS GENESIS) as it applies to clinical policy and procedures. These duties include collaborating with the Veterans Health Administration. In addition, Ellzy serves as associate faculty at the Fort Belvoir Family Medicine Residency, where he teaches and maintains clinical practice.
Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP
Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP, resides in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where he was raised and where he retired after 35 years on faculty at Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also held an appointment in the Humanities Department and was active in teaching and advising students and residents, on curriculum committees, in admissions and Pre-Medical student programming, and as advisor to the Family Medicine Interest Group.
Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, a family physician in Long Island, New York, serves as founding chair and professor of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead and chair of family medicine for Northwell Health. In this role, she oversees five family medicine residency programs with more than 100 residents, 380 medical students and 450 family physicians spread across 22 hospitals. She was previously the director of the family medicine residency program at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
Andrew J.P. Carroll, MD, FAAFP
Andrew J.P. Carroll, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Chandler, Arizona. He is the founder, owner and medical director of Atembis LLC, an integrated medical-behavioral family medicine practice in Chandler. In addition to traditional payer patients, he cares for uninsured patients, those without a private or employer health plan, and those who are not eligible for federal or state insurance benefits by providing cost-conscientious care and arranging for diagnostic studies to be done at or near cost.
Steven P. Furr, MD, FAAFP
Steven P. Furr, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Jackson, Alabama. He is the co-founder of Family Medical Clinic of Jackson, which also supports a small rural hospital and a local nursing home. Furr has cared for patients for more than 35 years, including obstetric care for more than 25 years. He is a certified medical director as well as a certified medical examiner. He is also an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile.
Jennifer L. Brull, MD, FAAFP
Jennifer L. Brull, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Plainville, Kansas. She has practiced family medicine in rural Kansas for 19 years. She is CEO and owner of Prairie Star Family Practice, PA in Plainville. In addition, she serves as regional medical director for five accountable care organizations of independent primary care practices located in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado and Utah. She serves the Rooks County Health Center Surgical Clinics as medical director and operations manager, and formerly served 12 years as health officer for the Rooks County Health Department. She is also the Kansas Medical Director for VaxCare.
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Bordentown, New Jersey. She has practiced family medicine for 35 years, currently at Virtua-Primary Care of Mansfield, part of Virtua Medical Group. She also serves Virtua Health, a 5-hospital health system in southern New Jersey, as medical director and designated institutional official for graduate medical education. She oversees the accreditation and operations of five Virtua-sponsored residencies, as well as the training for more than 400 students, resident physicians and fellows from numerous affiliated regional academic medical centers each year.
Todd D. Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Todd D. Shaffer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Kansas City, Missouri. He has practiced family medicine for 29 years. Since 1995, he has served the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine as assistant professor, associate professor, and then professor of family medicine. He also served as family medicine residency program director from 2002 to 2017. Shaffer practices the full scope of family medicine through University Physicians Associates at Truman Medical Centers and the Lakewood Medical Pavilion.
Danielle M. Carter, MD
New Physician Member
Danielle M. Carter, MD, is a family physician at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, in Jacksonville, Florida. She has serves as program faculty and obstetrics curriculum director at Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside, teaching residents and practicing full spectrum family medicine, including surgical obstetrics. and women’s care. The residency is recognized as a NCQA Level 2 Patient-Centered Medical Home and strongly supports the physician-led, team-based approach to caring for patients.
Anna Askari, MD, MSBS
Anna Askari, MD, MSBS, is a third-year family medicine resident at the Eisenhower Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Rancho Mirage, California. Throughout her medical training, Askari has taken on leadership roles at the AAFP. She served as a medical student representative to the AAFP’s delegation to the American Medical Association and as a medical student delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. In 2018-2019, she served as resident chair of the AAFP National Conference of Medical Students and Residents.
Cynthia Ciccotelli is a fourth-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Ciccotelli has taken on leadership roles throughout her medical school career. She was appointed to serve as the 2019-2020 student representative to the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice. In addition, Ciccotelli was student assembly chair to the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and served as a student member on the PAFP Board of Directors. She brings a strong background of leadership experience, having served twice as her medical school class president and as a peer mentor and student admissions ambassador for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
Conflict of Interest
In accordance with AAFP policy, members of the AAFP Board of Directors are required to provide AAFP with a statement regarding actual or potential conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest statements for individual directors are available upon request. Requests should be directed to the General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Administration and Human Resources at HLeith@aafp.org.
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