John W. Epling, Jr., MD, FAAFP

Professor/Medical Director of Research, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke; Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellness, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, Virginia; Member, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

Dr. Epling earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an internship at the U.S. naval hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, and a family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He also completed a faculty development fellowship in evidence-based practice, policy, and education at State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and a vaccine science fellowship with the AAFP. Dr. Epling maintains an active clinical family medicine practice and has taught family medicine, evidence-based medicine, and clinical prevention to all levels of learners throughout his career. His principal research interests include evidence-based medicine; translation of research into practice; quality improvement and human performance technology; and technology integration in medical education and practice. His clinical research areas of focus include clinical preventive services (i.e., screening, vaccination, preventive medication, behavioral risk counseling) and intimate partner violence. He has participated in several vaccination-related work groups on the state and national levels, and he joined the USPSTF in January 2016.