Daniel Ostergaard, MD, Receives National Honor from American Academy of Family Physicians

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013


SAN DIEGO — Daniel Ostergaard, MD, a family physician in Olathe, Kan., was awarded the 2013 Thomas W. Johnson Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting here.

The Thomas W. Johnson Award is the highest honor presented by the AAFP for outstanding contributions to family medicine education at the undergraduate, graduate and continuing education levels. It is intended to recognize a career of national prominence, reflecting leadership and long-term dedication to family medicine education.

Ostergaard currently serves as chair of the advisory board of the AAFP Center for International Health Initiatives, a program he founded in 2000. He retired this year after 33 years of service with the AAFP. He most recently served as vice president for Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities, with oversight of public health, scientific and research activities of the AAFP as well as the AAFP’s relationships with other medical organizations. Ostergaard facilitated the continued development of family medicine and family medicine education throughout the world.

Ostergaard was instrumental in developing the Family Medicine Residency Assistance Program, now Residency Program Solutions. Residency Program Solutions offers consulting services to develop high quality family medicine education and help programs demonstrate their value to sponsoring hospitals and their surrounding communities. Ostergaard also helped the AAFP develop its accreditation system for continuing medical education, the nation’s first CME credit and accreditation system. Under his direction, the AAFP earned its first Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He served for six years on the board of directors of the ACCME as a nominee of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies.

Ostergaard has served as a family medicine representative in a wide variety of medical organizations including terms of service on the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and as treasurer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. He was an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates. Ostergaard served as a member of the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) Executive Committee for 12 years, including a term as president of the Wonca North American Region.

In his travels to more than 60 countries, Ostergaard has presented a wide variety of papers and has served in many international consultative capacities. He has numerous publications to his credit and has served as visiting professor in several states.

Ostergaard has received numerous awards for his dedication to family medicine and family medicine education. In 2012, he was awarded honorary membership by the College of Family Physicians Canada and in 2005, Heart to Heart International awarded him its Heart for Humanity Award. He was awarded the 2001 AAFP Humanitarian Award honoring his extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts both within and beyond the borders of the United States. In 2000, he received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Gabriel Smilkstein Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to the growth and development of family medicine education throughout the world. In 1998, Ostergaard was awarded honorary life membership in Wonca and in 1994, he received the STFM Foundation Marian Bishop Leadership Award.

Ostergaard received his Bachelor of Arts degree in natural sciences and psychology from the University of North Dakota. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine in Dallas. In addition to clinical practice in the United States Public Health Service in New Mexico, Ostergaard served as director of the Family Medicine Residency in Duluth, Minn., and was a faculty member of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.

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