American Academy of Family Physicians Names Julie Wood, MD, FAAFP, Vice-President of Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities

Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 6052

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Julie K. Wood, M.D., FAAFP, vice president for health of the public and interprofessional activities. Wood joins the AAFP staff after a lengthy period of member service with the organization, including serving on its Board of Directors.

In her new role, Wood has oversight responsibilities for the public health, scientific and research activities of the AAFP as well as the AAFP’s relationships with other medical organizations in the United States and abroad. Through these relationships, Wood facilitates the continued development of family medicine and coordinates AAFP international activities.

Wood oversees AAFP efforts to involve family physicians in targeted public health activities, including tobacco, obesity, exercise and immunization. AAFP science staff develops clinical policies and supports, conducts and disseminates practice-based primary care research with the aim of improving health and health care for patients, their families and communities.

“The AAFP is committed to improving the health of the United States, and Dr. Wood embodies that commitment,” said Douglas E. Henley, M.D., FAAFP, executive vice president and CEO of the AAFP. “Throughout her career as a practicing physician, Dr. Wood has been a passionate advocate for the health of her community. She brought that passion to the AAFP as a member leader, and I know that she will approach her new role with the same energy and dedication.”

Under Wood’s direction, the AAFP helps lead family physicians in health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management as outlined in the AAFP’s mission and strategic plan.

She leads the AAFP in its efforts to explore collaborative opportunities in additional areas related to the health of the public, such as health disparities, patient education, social determinants of health and medical genomics.

As vice president, Wood also helps direct organization-wide strategy and policy-development activities in addition to participating actively in the work of the AAFP Board of Directors. She is based at the AAFP’s headquarters office in Leawood, Kan.

Wood has been a practicing family physician for nearly 20 years, starting out as a solo rural family physician in her hometown of Macon, Mo. She has a breadth of experience in family medicine, serving a diverse range of patient populations.

Before joining the AAFP staff, Wood served as associate director of Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City, Mo. She also served as the medical director of Goppert-Trinity Family Care, a 55-provider outpatient clinic. Wood served as the physician lead for the clinic’s involvement in a multi-center, patient-centered medical home pilot project, which led to the clinic being among the first in Kansas City to achieve NCQA recognition as a level-3 PCMH. She is enthusiastic to promote the PCMH model through her work with the AAFP.

A member of the AAFP since 1988, Wood has served on numerous committees and commissions, including the Commission on Public Health and Science, the Commission on Health Care Services, the Commission on Membership and Member Services and the Committee for Special Constituencies. She most recently served as chair of the Commission on Public Health and Science.

Wood earned her undergraduate degree and her medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She then completed her residency at Via Christi-St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kan. She 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 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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