Shorewood, Wisc., Physician Sarah Tully Marks, MD, Elected to AAFP Board of Directors

University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina Alumna

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


PHILADELPHIA — Sarah Tully Marks, MD, a family physician in Shorewood, Wisc., has been elected a resident member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 105,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. Marks was elected to a one-year term by the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and confirmed by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

As the resident member of the board of directors, Marks is responsible for representing the interests and opinions of the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents to the AAFP Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates. In addition, she 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 2010, Marks has served in several leadership positions at the university, state and national level. Active in the Family Medicine Interest Group at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine from 2005 to 2010, she served as the group’s vice president, historian, senior advisor and president. In 2010, Marks was appointed as an FMIG regional coordinator responsible for serving as a consultant and resource for FMIGs on medical school campuses in 10 states. In 2012, she was named a Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians delegate to the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents.

In addition to her work with the AAFP, Marks served as resident representative to the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012.

In 2010, the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians awarded Marks the William D. and Peggy Pratt Memorial Scholarship Award for a Graduating Senior with Outstanding Interest and Application to Family Medicine. Marks also received the Family Medicine Interest Group Leadership Award in 2009. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, the University of Kentucky School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine awarded the Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award to her.

Marks is a third-year family medicine resident training with the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency/Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and English from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts degree in linguistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She taught linguistics and served as a teaching assistant mentor at the University of Kentucky before entering medical school. Marks earned her medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 2010.

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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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