San Antonio Physician Elected Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
BOSTON — Leah Raye Mabry, M.D., R.Ph., FAAFP, a family physician in San Antonio, was re-elected speaker of the Congress of Delegates, the governing body of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at the organization’s annual meeting here. As speaker, Mabry will continue to serve as an officer on the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents more than 94,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.
As an AAFP board member, Mabry will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
Mabry is chief of staff and president of the medical board at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa City Center Hospital and a faculty member at the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, San Antonio. She also serves as a clinical professor with the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Family Medicine, San Antonio.
A member of the AAFP since 1985, Mabry has served as vice speaker since 2005 and was elected to her first term as speaker in 2008. She also has served on the Commission on Finance, Commission on Public Health, and Commission on Clinical Policies and Research.
Throughout the past decade, Mabry has represented the AAFP on numerous commissions, committees and task forces, including the AAFP’s Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All, which promoted access to health care for everyone in the United States, the AAFP’s Strike Force on Liability Reform and the AAFP’s Task Force on Governance. She also was appointed as a member consultant to the U.S. Pharmacopia. Mabry represented the AAFP to the Nutrition Screening Initiative as a member of the Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee on Nutrition Care Alerts: Red Flags and Action Steps for Care Givers; the American Coalition for Traffic Safety Blue Ribbon Panel II: Protecting Our Older Child Passengers; the National Coalition on Judicious Use of Antibiotics; and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Working Group.
Mabry is a member of the board of directors of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and previously served as president, vice president and treasurer. She chaired the TAFP Research Network Organizational Committee and was on the board of directors of TAFP R-Net, the office-based research network she helped develop. She chaired the TAFP Task Force on Governance and has served on numerous other committees, including the Legislative and Public Policy Committee, Resident Affairs Committee and Rural Health Committee.
In 2000, Mabry was named the TAFP Physician of the Year, and in both 2000 and 2001, was TAFP Foundation Philanthropist of the Year. She was a finalist for the AAFP Family Physician of the Year Award in 2001.
Mabry is a member of, and has served on numerous committees for, the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, National Association of Parliamentarians, Texas State Association of Parliamentarians and the San Antonio Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. She has served on the board of directors and public relations committee of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. She is a district reviewer for the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, appointed to this position by Texas governors Bush and Perry. She serves on the Texas Department of Health Medical Education Subcommittee and has served on the Texas Department of Health Tobacco Advisory Committee. She was consultant to the National Institute of Health Center for Disease Control, Federal Drug Administration Forum: Development of Public Health Plan for Antibiotic Resistance. Mabry is also a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. She previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Family Practice.
Mabry earned her bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at The University of Texas, Austin, and her medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. She completed her internship and residency at the Medical Center Hospital, San Antonio, and later completed her fellowship in teaching at the Faculty Development Center in Waco, Texas.
Mabry is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She also has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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