AAFP Statement: Condolence to Family and Friends of Dennis Sandlin, MD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Monday, December 21, 2009

With great sadness, the American Academy of Family Physicians expresses condolences to the family, friends and patients of Dennis Sandlin, M.D. His death was the result of a senseless and tragic act of violence against a physician who provided an essential service in his rural community.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide, and it is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year – more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and cost-effective care dedicated to improving the health of patients, families and communities. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty.

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