• AAFP Board of Directors

    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.

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    Minutes Archive

    Explore board meeting notes dating back to 1995 to understand policy, procedures, and the “why” behind the AAFP. Information is organized using a reference page indicating where full text may be found.

    About the Board

    Learn more about the responsibilities, including time commitment and remuneration, for each position. You can also find out how to get involved.

    Meet the Board of Directors

    Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP

    Gary L. LeRoy, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Dayton, Ohio, LeRoy 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 Clinic. He was the clinic’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.

    Gary LeRoy

    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.

    Ada Stewart

    John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP
    Board Chair

    John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Valdez, Alaska, Cullen has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for more than 25 years. Cullen works in an independent small group practice and is director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center where he also provides maternity and inpatient care. He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching for more than 20 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care.

    John Cullen

    Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP

    Alan I. Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Oregon, Wisconsin. Schwartzstein is a family physician at SSM/Health Dean Medical Group in South Central Wisconsin, where he has practiced 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.

    Alan I. Schwartzstein

    Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP
    Vice Speaker

    Russell W. Kohl, MD, FAAFP, a family physician living in Stilwell, Kansas, and member of the Oklahoma Chapter, Kohl is chief medical officer with TMF Health Quality Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization serving Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Puerto Rico. 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.

    Russell Kohl

    R. Shawn Martin
    Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer

    Shawn Martin serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for the American Academy of Family Physicians. Martin 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.

    Shawn Martin

    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.

    Sterling Ransone

    Windel A. Stracener, MD, FAAFP

    Windel A. Stracener, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Richmond, Indiana. Stracener cares for patients of all ages at the Wayne County Community Health Center in Richmond, a federally qualified health center affiliated with the Wayne County Health Department. In addition, he is the student health physician at Earlham College and medical director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit for Reid Health Center, both in Richmond.

    Windel Stracener

    Erica W. Swegler, MD, FAAFP

    Erica W. Swegler, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in Austin, Texas. Throughout her medical career, Swegler has provided the full spectrum of care to patients of all ages. She currently owns Beacon Family Health Care in Austin. In addition, she serves as a preceptor for medical students through the Texas Family Medicine Preceptorship Program, a program that matches Texas medical students with an experienced and skilled family physician for a two-to-four-week period to help them gain real life experience in a community setting.

    Erica Swegler

    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.

    James Ellzy

    Dennis L. Gingrich, MD, FAAFP

    Dennis Gingrich, MD, resides in the Chocolate town of Hershey, Pa., 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.  

    Dennis Gingrich

    Tochi Iroku-Malize, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAFP

    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, New York, 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, New York.

    Tochi Iroku-Malize

    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.

    Andrew J.P. Carroll

    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.

    Steven Furr

    Margot L. Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP

    Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a family physician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is associate professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and chief quality officer for Temple Faculty Physicians, Inc., in Philadelphia. She is also an attending physician at Temple University Hospital and Christiana Care Health System.

    Margot Savoy

    Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP
    New Physician Member

    Brent K. Sugimoto, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a family physician and founder and chief medical officer at Decoded Health, Inc., in Oakland, California. Sugimoto launched his career in 2013 as a family physician with the Permanente Medical Group in Oakland. He joined the group’s HIV Consult Service in 2014, where he worked to address health disparities in minority youth at risk for or affected by HIV. In 2017, Sugimoto became a senior physician and shareholder with the practice.

    Brent Sugimoto

    Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH
    Resident Member

    Kelly Thibert, DO, MPH, is a family medicine resident at the Grant Family Medicine Residency at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, Columbus. Thibert has been an active speaker and has presented as keynote speaker for the closing session of the National Association of Community Health Centers and as a panelist during a White House meeting on the medical community’s response to addiction.

    Kelly Thibert

    Margaret Jean Miller
    Student Member

    Margaret Jean Miller is a fourth-year medical student at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, Tennessee. During the 2018-2019 school year, Miller took time from medical school to focus on a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in health services management and policy at ETSU.

    Margaret Jean Miller