FP Essentials™ Staff and Editors

AAFP CME Medical Editing
Phone: (800) 274-2237, ext. 8725
Fax: (913) 906-6285


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,
has worked as an editor for much of his career. He was editor of 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. He is author of more than 170 journal articles and several medical textbooks. He enjoys working with both experienced and novice authors.

Associate Medical Editors
Karl T. Rew, MD,
is an associate professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Michigan. He worked in a multispecialty group private practice in San Diego, California, for 10 years before he moved to Michigan in 2006. He teaches medical students and residents, sees patients in the Japanese Family Health Program, and has clinical interests in urology and urgent care.

Kate Rowland, MD, MS, is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is core faculty at the Rush-Copley Family Medicine Residency. Her 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 into a great monograph.

Mindy A. Smith, MD, MS, is a professor in the department of family medicine in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU). She was associate editor for Family Medicine for 18 years, has edited several books, and is deputy editor of Essential Evidence Plus, an electronic resource published by John Wiley & Sons. She is a teacher and mentor in the MSU Primary Care Faculty Development Fellowship Program and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, including articles and book chapters. She enjoys working and writing with authors of all levels of experience.

Editorial Board

Barry D. Weiss, MD, Chair

S. Lindsey Clarke, MD, FAAFP, is a Medical University of South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium professor at the Self Regional Healthcare Family Medicine Residency Program in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he directs medical student rotations and chairs the hospital’s continuing medical education committee. His main clinical and teaching interests include hypertension, prenatal care, hepatitis C, and the care of medically underserved patients.

Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD, FAAFP, FACG, is an associate professor in the departments of family medicine and urology at the University of Michigan. He has served as the medical student clerkship director since 2007. He is active in medical editing, serving 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 almost a dozen other primary care and specialty journals. He 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 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 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He also serves as a senior author for the Core Content Review of Family Medicine.

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, is the director of the sports medicine fellowship and assistant director of the family medicine residency program at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.  He is the assistant medical director of the sports medicine program at All Children’s Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Dr. Rodriguez also holds an appointment as affiliate assistant professor of family medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  He enjoys teaching fellows, residents, and medical students. His special interests include diabetes, hypertension, musculoskeletal ultrasound, cardiopulmonary stress testing, and concussion management.


FP Essentials, online editions
ISSN# 2161-9344

FP Essentials, print editions
ISSN# 2159-3000