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 carries out activities and resolutions in between Congress of Delegates meetings and on behalf of family medicine and the Congress of Delegates. The board, in turn, appoints commissions to help carry out its activities. Board members meet in person five times annually and virtually up to two times annually to accomplish the organization's business.
In addition to carrying out the directives of the Congress of Delegates, the board is also responsible for a periodic review of non-clinical AAFP policy statements, strategic planning, board metric development, and recommendations from the eight commissions.
Sterling N. Ransone Jr., MD, FAAFP
Sterling N. Ransone, Jr., MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Deltaville, Virginia. He 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.
Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP
Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP, serves as founding chair and professor of family medicine for the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, New York, and senior vice president and chair of the family medicine service line for Northwell Health. In this role, she oversees four family medicine residency programs, three fellowships, with more than 100 residents, 380 medical students and 500 family physicians spread across 23 hospitals.
Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP
Ada D. Stewart is a family physician in Columbia, South Carolina. She has been with Cooperative Health, formerly Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, since 2012 and currently serves as lead provider and HIV specialist. Stewart is a preceptor for nurse practitioners, medical residents and medical students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She also conducts continuing education programs relating to HIV, health disparities, transgender care, hospice & palliative medicine and hepatitis C.
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.
Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP
Daron W. Gersch, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician with CentraCare hospital in Long Prairie, Minnesota. He works full-time as the ER medical and trauma director and provides ER care at CentraCare - Long Prairie hospital. He also currently serves as the medical director at Mother of Mercy nursing home in Albany, Minnesota. He is on the Protect Initiative for the CDC and serves on the medical review panel for familydoctor.org.
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.
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. Carroll’s practice combines full scope family medical care as well as full breadth behavioral care through a team-based embedded approach. In addition to traditional payer patients, he cares for uninsured patients.
Steven P. Furr, MD, FAAFP
Steven P. Furr, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Jackson, Alabama. He Furr 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 obstetrics care for more than 25 years. He is a certified medical director, as well as a certified medical examiner
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 20 years. She is CEO and owner of Prairie Star Family Practice, PA in Plainville. . In addition, she works as the vice president of clinical engagement for Aledade, a company that partners with independent primary care physicians to succeed in value-based care.
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Bordentown, New Jersey. Campagnolo has practiced family medicine for 35 years, currently at Virtua Primary Care of Mansfield. In addition, she serves as medical director of Virtua Medical Group Value Based Programs and Payer Contracts. In this role, she oversees collaboration with commercial and government health insurers.
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.
Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Gail Guerrero-Tucker, MD, MPH, FAFP, is affiliated with the Gila Valley Clinic in Safford, Arizona, as well as the Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford. Tucker spent 20 years working in the banking industry before attending medical school in 1997. She currently works with the National Kidney Foundation on micro learning events.
Teresa L. Lovins, MD, FAAFP
Teresa L. Lovins, MD, FAAFP, is currently a physician owner at Lovin My Health DPC in Columbus, Indiana. Lovins, has worked in a variety of practice settings and helped to get both an employer-based clinic and a group practice off the ground. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lovins opened her own hometown direct primary care practice - Lovin My Health DPC.
Sarah C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP
Sarah, C. Nosal, MD, FAAFP, is vice president for Innovation & Optimization and chief medical information officer at The Institute for Family Health, an FQHC network with 30+ Mid-Hudson, Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn locations. Nosal was instrumental in shaping the Institute’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, transition to new normal, and rolling out of comprehensive telehealth services and vaccination sites.
Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP
Karen L. Smith, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Raeford, North Carolina. Smith established her own independent private practice in 2003, providing comprehensive family medicine. She also serves as clinical instructor at the Department of Family Medicine & Community health at Duke University, adjunct instructor at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and adjunct instructor in the Division of Health Sciences at East Carolina University.
Samuel E. Mathis, MD, FAAFP
New Physician Member
Samuel E. Mathis, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Mathis serves as assistant professor at the School of Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Program in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is also the medical director at the UTMB Employee Health Services.
Amanda Stisher, MD
Amanda Stisher, MD, a third-year family medicine resident at the Family Medicine Residency Program at University of Alabama at Birmingham in Huntsville. A member of the AAFP since 2015, Stisher has taken on leadership roles at the AAFP and currently serves as the resident chair of National Conference. She is the resident member of the Subcommittee on Student and Resident Issues and the Subcommittee on National Conference Planning, both on the Commission on Education.
Amy Hoffman is a fourth-year medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine-University Park Campus, State College, Pennsylvania. Hoffman has taken on leadership roles throughout her medical school career. She served as the student member on the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors and also on the PAFP’s Governance and Practicing Advocacy Committee for two years.
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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