FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5224
LEAWOOD, Kan. — Jeffrey Cain, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for 2013 by Modern Healthcare. The award honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential in leadership and impact.
Persons on the list were chosen through reader and editorial staff input submitted between March 18 and April 19. The top 300 candidates were identified from the nearly 28,000 submissions that comprised the final ballot. More than 238,000 readers then voted for their top five candidates. Readers’ votes counted toward half of the outcome; the senior editors at Modern Healthcare accounted for the other half to determine the final ranking.
“I’m both honored and humbled to be included among the leaders of America’s health care system,” said Cain. “This recognition acknowledges the growing understanding that primary care physicians are the foundation for ensuring that everyone has access to high quality care as our health care system evolves. I’ve been fortunate to serve as president of the AAFP and to advocate for our patients as this change begins to take place.”
Cain is a family physician practicing at the AF Williams Family Medicine Center and chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. In addition, he serves as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is co-founder of the AAFP’s Tar Wars tobacco-free education program that has reached more than 8.5 million children in 50 states and 16 countries.
Cain is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He also 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 AAFP represents 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest 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.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).
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AAFP President Jeffrey Cain, MD, Named One of 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare