Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, Chosen President-Elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6253

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Denver, Colo., has been chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Cain was elected to the position by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body, during the organization’s annual meeting here.

As president-elect of the AAFP, Cain will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

In addition to his duties as AAFP president-elect, Cain serves as the chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He has been in this role since 2001. He also practices the full scope of family medicine, which includes obstetrics, at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center in Denver. Additionally, Cain serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Throughout his 25 years of practice and teaching, Cain has been instrumental in creating a unique environment reflecting family medicine’s role in providing patient-centered care and a medical home to Colorado residents of all ages.

At the state level, Cain has been an active member of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians since 1985, where his roles have included president and chair of the board. He currently serves on the Colorado’s Medical Services Board, which oversees the state’s Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus program. In this role, he was influential in passing and implementing legislation defining the medical home in Colorado and improving access for the underserved.

At the national level, Cain has demonstrated his dedication to public health through his co-founding of the Tar Wars tobacco-free education program that has reached more than 8.5 million children in 50 states and 16 countries. What began as an inspiration during his family medicine residency is now one of the AAFP’s most respected outreach programs.

Cain also served on the national board of directors of the Amputee Coalition as chair of their Advocacy Committee from 2003 to 2011. His leadership and advocacy efforts have resulted in passage of prosthetic fairness laws in 20 states as well as introduction of bipartisan federal prosthetic insurance legislation. An amputee himself, Cain has competed and taught nationally in adaptive sports. He holds the first gold medal in adaptive slalom snowboarding from the US National Snowboarding Championships and introduced a new adaptive ski device — the ski-bike — to North America.

Cain graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore., and completed his family medicine residency at the Mercy Family Medicine Residency program in Denver, Colo., where he was chief resident.

Cain is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He 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 American Academy of Family Physicians represents 136,700 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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