R.W. "Chip" Watkins, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Medical Director, Community Care of Western North Carolina, Asheville; Associate Medical Director, High Country Community Health, Boone, North Carolina; Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Drawing on more than two decades of experience, Dr. Watkins teaches and writes about a wide range of topics, including the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), quality improvement, payment reform and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), motivational interviewing, joint injections, and natural medicine. He and James McNabb, MD, have taught sessions on joint injections at the AAFP’s annual meeting for more than 15 years. Dr. Watkins recently received the nationally recognized Innovations in Rural Health Award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for his role in developing a program that placed undergraduate health care management students in community medical practices to help establish PCMH and quality improvement processes.