AAFP Member, University of Missouri Family Physician Michael LeFevre Assumes Role as USPSTF Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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LEAWOOD, Kan. — The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has announced that family physician Michael LeFevre, MD, a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is its new chair.

Established in 1984, the USPSTF is considered among the most respected voices in providing clinicians with evidence-based recommendations about screenings, counseling and preventive medications.

“I’m honored to accept this position and look forward to continuing the USPSTF’s important work in providing true evidence-based recommendations,” LeFevre said. “USPSTF provides critical, independent information to physicians across the country.”

LeFevre, who is the Future of Family Medicine Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri, had served on the USPSTF since 2005, most recently as vice chair, a role he assumed in March 2011. In additional to his work with the USPSTF, LeFevre was a member of the AAFP’s Commission on Clinical Policies and Research. He has also served on the Eighth Joint National Conference on Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Hypertension sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

“Dr. LeFevre’s expertise as a family physician dedicated to evidence-based medicine makes him an excellent choice to lead this invaluable organization,” said Julie Wood, MD, AAFP vice president for Health of the Public and Interprofessional Activities.

LeFevre will serve a one-year term in the role concluding in March 2015.

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