American Academy of Family Physicians Hires Shawn Martin As Vice President of Advocacy and Practice Advancement

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


WASHINGTON — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Shawn Martin will join the AAFP as vice president of advocacy and practice advancement , effective June 1.

Martin brings 13 years of experience in legislative issues and public policy affecting patients’ access to health care, medical education, the physician workforce and payment for medical services.

“I look forward to leading the advocacy efforts of an organization that is focused on improving health care for all Americans,” said Martin. “I share the AAFP’s commitment to patient-centered care and ensuring patients’ access to the comprehensive care provided by family physicians, and I’m pleased to be a part of their team.”

Martin will oversee the AAFP Division of Government Relations and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, DC, as well as the Division of Practice Advancement at the AAFP headquarters in Leawood, Kan. In his new role, he will direct legislative and private sector advocacy on issues such as physician payment and medical liability reform. In addition, he will oversee the health information technology center and practice support divisions at the AAFP headquarters.

“We are extremely pleased that Shawn will be leading our public and private sector advocacy and practice advancement efforts,” said Douglas E. Henley, MD, executive vice president/CEO of the AAFP. “He brings a wealth of knowledge of the issues of greatest importance to family physicians as they care for their patients. He has a proven record of advocating on behalf of primary care physicians and the patients they serve.”

Before joining the AAFP, Martin served as director of government relations for the American Osteopathic Association, where he oversaw AOA legislative advocacy on issues such as Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, graduate medical education and health system reform.

Martin has served in leadership roles of several coalitions in Washington, including as chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access. He was named by The Hill as one of the top 10 health care lobbyists in Washington, DC.

A native of Oklahoma, Martin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing from Phillips University in 1992.

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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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