Oak Park, Ill, Family Physician Named New Physician Member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


PHILADELPHIA — Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Oak Park, Ill., has been elected the new physician member of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Grivois-Shah 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, Grivois-Shah will represent 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.

Grivois-Shah became an AAFP member in 2008 and took on numerous leadership roles. He is a member of the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy and served as a delegate to the AAFP National Conference of Special Constituencies this year, in 2011 and in 2009. In addition, Grivois-Shah represented special constituencies as a delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates in 2010. In November 2011, he was awarded the Degree of Fellow by the AAFP for his service to his community, to family medicine, to the advancement of health care for the American people, and to medical education and research.

In addition to his national contributions, Grivois-Shah serves on the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors, where he is a member of the Finance Committee, Government Relations Committee and Audit Committee.

Grivois-Shah is an attending physician with the Cook County Health and Hospitals system, lead physician for the Morton School-Based Health Center, and a faculty member of the Cook County-Loyola-Provident Family Medicine Residency. Since 2011, he has served on the Maternal and Child Quality Initiative, leading efforts to improve prenatal and post-natal care of Cook County health system patients. He also is a commissioner on the Oak Park Board of Health, where he leads public health initiatives including bicycle safety. Since 2010, he has been a delegate to the Service Employees International Union Doctors Council and now serves as chair of its Policy Advocacy Coalition.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in political science and minors in biology and chemistry, Grivois-Shah earned his medical degree in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. In 2011, he earned his master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

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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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