Indiana Physician Elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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

PHILADELPHIA — H. Clifton “Clif” Knight, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Indianapolis, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Knight was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

As an AAFP board member, Knight will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Knight has been a practicing family physician in Indiana for nearly 25 years. He currently serves as chief medical officer for Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he is responsible for quality of care, patient safety, medical education, research and medical staff support. Knight was previously in private practice in rural Flora, Indiana. In 2011, he was named to the Board of Trustees for Marian University in Indianapolis. He serves on the Indiana Medicaid Therapeutics Committee and the Indiana Medical Education Board. Knight also serves as a volunteer clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

A member of the AAFP since 1984, Knight has served on numerous commissions and committees. He currently serves on the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice. He is a past chair of the Congress of Delegates Reference Committee on Practice Enhancement and the Awards Subcommittee. Knight has also served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for the past 12 years

At the state level, Knight has been an active member of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians since his first year of medical school in 1984. Since that time, he has served in one or more leadership positions each year, including past president and board chair. Knight also has served on the Indiana AFP’s Commissions on Legislation and Education. In 2004, the Indiana AFP awarded Knight the A. Alan Fischer Award for his outstanding contributions to family medicine education. He was Indiana AFP Student of the Year in 1987.

Knight earned his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. He completed his family medicine residency at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, where he also served one year as chief resident. In addition, Knight holds a Faculty Development Fellowship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and 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 134,600 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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