Portland, Ore., Family Physician Named New Physician Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


ORLANDO, Fla. — Robyn Liu, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Portland, Ore., has been elected the New Physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Liu 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, Liu will represent the interests and opinions of the New Physician Constituency to the AAFP Board of Directors and the Congress of Delegates. She 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, Liu serves on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science. She was the co-convener of the Women’s Caucus on 2010 and was a delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2009. While practicing for four years in Kansas, she was very active in the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians where she was a member of the board of directors, chair of the Kansas AFP Practice Enhancement Committee and former member of the Government Advocacy Committee. She also volunteered as Kansas State Capitol Family Doctor of the Day in Topeka, Kan.

Liu also was the Kansas state director for Doctors of America and a member of the Kansas Primary Care Physicians Collaborative and Kansas Medical Society. She blogs monthly about health care and policy issues on the Doctors for America website, Progress Notes.

Dr. Liu recently relocated to Portland from Tribune, Kan., where she was employed by Greeley County Health Services. In addition to her family medicine practice, Liu has been committed to improving the health of her community, reforming the delivery of health care services and fostering the next generation of family physicians. In her new position at Oregon Health & Science University, she is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and a Clinical Evidence Specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based Policy.

Since 2009, Liu has participated in the Kansas Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative, a project of the Primary Care Physicians Collaborative. She collaborated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City on the “Staying Alive with Five A’s” research project, and has made numerous presentations on the patient-centered medical home; health issues such as weight management, seasonal flu and H1N1; and teen pregnancy prevention.

As a part of her commitment to ensuring health care for everyone, Liu attended the October 2009 “Doctors Call for Health Reform” meeting with President Obama at the White House. Since 2007, Liu has served as a volunteer medical student preceptor for the Southwest Kansas Area Health Education Center.

Liu has received several honors for her work, including the University of Kansas Volunteer Preceptor Recognition, the Portland State University Award of Excellence and the KU Norge W. Jerome Award for Excellence in Public Health for Minority Populations.

A cum laude graduate from the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Liu completed her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In 2007, she completed a combined residency in family medicine and preventive medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and her master of public health at Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs.

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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).