American Academy of Family Physicians Hires Heather Anne Leith, J.D., as General Counsel

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Heather Anne Leith, J.D., has joined the AAFP as general counsel.

Leith is responsible for the management of the AAFP's legal operations, including advising the board of directors and staff on legal issues, contract negotiation and review, intellectual property licensing, human resources, legal compliance, litigation and general corporate matters.

“Heather brings more than 16 years of in-house legal experience to the AAFP and has demonstrated a strong understanding of matching legal oversight with the fulfillment of an organization's mission,” said Todd Dicus, chief operating officer of the AAFP. “She will ensure the office of general counsel remains a trusted resource in helping the AAFP achieve its strategic objectives.”

Before coming to the AAFP, Leith served as assistant general counsel at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Prior to that, she was law clerk to the Honorable Kathryn H.Vratil at the United States District Court, District of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan.

Leith holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in New Haven, Conn.

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Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 214 million visits annually -- 48 percent more than to the next  most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

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