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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Contact:
Janelle Davis
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
jdavis@aafp.org

SAN DIEGO — Jack Chou, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Baldwin Park, Calif., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Chou was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

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

Chou has been a practicing family physician at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center for almost 15 years and has been the center’s physician in charge since 2006. He also currently serves as an assistant clinical professor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

A member of the AAFP since 1992, Chou has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Commission on Quality and Practice and the Commission on Membership and Member Services. He served as California’s delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for four years and was alternate delegate for five years. He also served as a minority delegate and minority alternate delegate to the Congress in 2003 and 2002, respectively.

At the state level, Chou is an active member of the California Academy of Family Physicians, and has held numerous leadership positions, including president and speaker of the California AFP Congress of Delegates. He also is an active member of the Los Angeles Academy of Family Physicians where he has served as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer, and is currently serving on the board of the California Medical Association. During residency, Chou served as president of the Residents of the California AFP.

Throughout his career, Chou has received several awards and accolades. In 2011, he was named Physician of the Year and awarded the Service Extraordinaire Award by Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. He was also named Philanthropist of the Year by the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation in 2006.

Chou was raised in a small rural town in Taiwan and later earned his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Miami, Fla., and his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He completed his family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Family Medicine Residency in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Chou 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 129,000 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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