FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
SAN DIEGO — Robert L. Wergin, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Milford, Neb., has been chosen president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served three years as a member of the AAFP Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. Wergin was elected to the position by the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP’s governing body, during the organization’s annual meeting here.
As president-elect of the AAFP, Wergin will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system. Outside the AAFP, he is a practicing family physician in the town where he was born and raised. He works in private practice at the Milford Family Practice Center, where he practices the full spectrum of family medicine, from obstetrics to geriatrics. He also serves as medical director for Sunrise Country Manor Nursing Home and Crest View Care Center.
Growing up in a rural setting, Wergin learned the importance of community involvement. Wergin currently serves as chairman of the Milford Public Schools Foundation Board, medical director for the Milford volunteer fire department, team physician for Milford Public Schools and sideline physician for the Nebraska Shrine Bowl. He also serves as Milford city physician, and is an instructor of advanced cardiac and advanced trauma life support. In addition, Wergin is a volunteer faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, teaching medical students and residents on their rural rotations.
At the national level, Wergin has been an active member of the AAFP since 1982. He served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates for 12 years and is a former member of the AAFP’s Commission on Membership and Member Services, and the Website Advisory Committee.
At the state level, Wergin has been an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians since 1989, where he has served in numerous leadership positions, including president and board member. He was instrumental in passing LB-396 in the Nebraska legislature, which established the state’s first Medicaid medical home pilot project. He currently serves as a governor-appointed member of the project’s design and implementation task force. Wergin is also an active member of the Nebraska Medical Association, where he currently serves as councilor for the 6th District.
Wergin was awarded the Nebraska Family Physician of the Year award in 2002 and Nebraska Nursing Home Medical Director of the Year in 2012. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska, Kearney, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, and he completed his family medicine residency at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colo., where he served as an assistant director. Wergin also served as assistant director of the Lincoln Family Practice Residency, which is affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Wergin 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 AAFP represents 120,900 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.
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Robert L. Wergin, MD, FAAFP, Chosen President-Elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians