• FP Essentials™ Staff and Editors


    Elaine Kierl Gangel, Managing Editor
    Andrea Harden, Senior Associate Editor
    S. Jane Thomas, Senior Associate Editor
    Marty Jewett, Editorial Assistant


    Medical Editor

    Barry D. Weiss, MD, FAAFP, 
    is a professor in the department of family and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He has worked as an editor for much of his career including for Family Medicine for 18 years. He has been on the editorial staff of FP Essentials since 2000, serving as medical editor since 2007, and is an associate editor of American Family Physician. Dr Weiss is the author of more than 180 journal articles and several medical textbooks. He enjoys working with both experienced and novice authors.

    Associate Medical Editors

    Ryan D. Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, is the founder of Hickory Medical Direct Primary Care in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He serves on the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development, and he leads American Board of Family Medicine Knowledge Self-Assessment learning groups in several states. Dr Kauffman’s clinical interests include ambulatory medicine and office-based procedures.

    Karl T. Rew, MD, is an associate professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He worked in a multispecialty group private practice in San Diego, California, for 10 years before moving to Michigan in 2006. Dr Rew teaches medical students and residents, provides patient care in the Japanese Family Health Program, and has clinical interests in urology and urgent care.

    Kate Rowland, MD, FAAFP, is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Rush Medical College at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is core faculty at the Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency and vice chair of education in the department of family medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr Rowland’s clinical interests include women's health and pediatrics, and her academic interests include undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. She enjoys working with all authors to make a manuscript become a great monograph. 

    Editorial Board

    Barry D. Weiss, MD, Chair

    S. Lindsey Clarke, MD, FAAFP, is a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) and associate program director of the Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency in Greenwood, South Carolina. He directs medical student rotations and is chair of the continuing medical education and physician’s excellence committees at the medical center. Dr Clarke’s main clinical and teaching interests include hypertension, prenatal care, and care of medically underserved patients.

    Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD, FAAFP, FACG, is a clinical professor in the departments of family medicine and urology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He is the director of medical student education and clerkship director in the department of family medicine, and the director of the patients and populations branch. He serves as the consulting editor for Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice, the academic men’s health section editor for Journal of Men’s Health, as well as an ad hoc editor for other primary care and specialty journals. Dr Heidelbaugh is the creator, editor, and co-author of Clinical Men’s Health: Evidence in Practice, the first evidence-based textbook on men’s health, and he has published extensively in topics related to gastroenterology and primary care urology.

    Robert C. Langan, MD, FAAFP, is the program director for St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency Program-Sacred Heart in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct professor in the department of family and community medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Dr Langan also serves as a senior author for the Core Content Review of Family Medicine.

    Brian Z. Rayala, MD, FAAFP, is an associate professor in the department of family medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine (SOM) in Chapel Hill. He is core faculty at the UNC SOM Family Medicine Residency Program and fellowship director of the Career Development Fellowship in Surgical Family Medicine. Dr Rayala also serves as associate editor for Essential Evidence. His clinical interests include dermatology, primary care surgery, and wound medicine.  

    FP Essentials, online editions
    ISSN# 2161-9344

    FP Essentials, print editions
    ISSN# 2159-3000