Kansas 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 — Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Overland Park, Kan., 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. Munger was elected to a three-year term by the AAFP’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates.

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

Munger has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 27 years. He is currently in full-time practice at Saint Luke’s Medical Group in Overland Park, Kan., where he also serves as medical director. As medical director for the group, which has 89 members at 11 different sites, Munger is leading the group’s transformation process to achieve designation as a patient-centered medical home. He formerly served as medical director for Sweet Life at Grand Court Assisted Living, also in Overland Park. Previously he practiced for 16 years at Group Practice Hickman Mills Clinic, Inc., in Kansas City, Mo.

Munger also served as a volunteer clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kan., and as associate faculty at both the Baptist Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Kansas City, Mo., and the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.

A member of the AAFP since 1986, Munger has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Commission on Education and AAFP Scientific Program Committee, both of which he also chaired. He currently serves on the Commission on Health of the Public and Science, and is serving his third year as the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Previously, he served three years as Missouri’s delegate to the COD. Munger deepened his COD involvement by serving on the Reference Committee on Education, the Reference Committee on Public Health and chairing the Credentials Committee.

At the state level, Munger is an active member of the Kansas AFP, having held numerous key leadership positions, including secretary, president and board chair. When practicing in Missouri, Munger was actively involved in the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, where he served in every board position, including president and board chair. He also served as president of the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians.

An active member of his local community, Munger served as spokesperson for the Clean Air Kansas City initiative and as a member of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce’s Public Smoking Restriction task force. For nearly a decade, Munger also volunteered his time at the Kansas City Free Health Clinic.
Munger earned his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from University of Missouri – Kansas City. He completed his family medicine residency at what was then the Goppert Family Practice Residency Program at Baptist Medical Center, also in Kansas City, Mo

Munger 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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