Oklahoma Family Physician Named New Physician Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


DENVER — Russell Kohl, M.D., a Vinita, Okla., family physician, has been elected the new physician representative to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 94,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. Kohl was elected to a one-year term by the New Physician Constituency during the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies and was confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

A new physician is a doctor in his or her first seven years of practice following residency completion. As the new physician member of the AAFP Board of Directors, Kohl is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the New Physician Constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. He also will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

A member of the AAFP since 1999, Kohl has served in numerous leadership capacities. He was a student delegate to the Congress of Delegates in 1999 and 2000, and student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in 2001. Kohl also served on the AAFP Commission on Resident and Student Issues and the AAFP Commission on Public Health. In 2009, he was the new physician alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates; this year, he was the new physician delegate to the Congress of Delegates.

Kohl also has contributed to the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians, currently serving on its board of directors and as co-chair of the Legislative Committee. He was the Oklahoma AFP new physician representative to the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies in 2007 and 2009.

Kohl also served on the Oklahoma Medical Association Legislative Committee and the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency.

In 2005, Kohl received the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Education and in 2000 he received the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group Leadership Award. He also was awarded the Oklahoma Governor’s Commendation for Meritorious Service to the Citizens of Oklahoma in both 1995 and 1998, and the Oklahoma City Council Citation for Outstanding Service to the Citizens of Oklahoma City in 1995.

He has conducted several research investigations, including studies into pediatric diabetes and the effects of a mother’s cancer chemotherapy on her fetus. In addition, Kohl contributed to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing: Final Report of the City of Oklahoma.

A family physician with the Green Country Family Medicine in Vinita, Kohl also serves as medical director of the Serenity Hospice. He is chief medical informatics officer and chairman of quality improvement and health informatics at Craig General Hospital in Vinita.

Kohl completed his family medicine residency at the University of Oklahoma Family Medicine Residency Program in 2006. He graduated cum laude from the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in 1998 and earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2002. In 2001, he became a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon after completing training with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

Kohl served in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his military service, he received numerous awards and commendations, including the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for Gallantry During Sustained Aerial Combat, and the Iraq Service and Afghanistan Service Campaign medals. He also received the Humanitarian Service Medal for his service to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the largest 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.  To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org(familydoctor.org).