American Family Physician Names Next Editor-in-Chief

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
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LEAWOOD, Kan. — Sumi Makkar Sexton, MD, a family physician in Arlington, Virginia, has been appointed the next editor-in-chief for American Family Physician, a semimonthly, editorially independent, peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Sexton will replace current editor-in-chief Jay Siwek, MD, who will remain in the role until he steps down on February 1, 2018, after leading the AAFP’s flagship journal for 29 years.

As editor-in-chief, Sexton will play a critical role in advancing AFP’s preeminent role in providing continuing medical education, developing innovative strategies for dissemination and advancing evidence-based practice. Sexton will have overall responsibility for the scientific and clinical content of the journal and she will be responsible for managing the journal’s editorial policies, medical editing procedures, and medical editor budget.

Sexton continues her work as founding partner and president of Premier Primary Care Physicians, PC, a private family practice serving more than 10,000 patients in greater Washington, D.C. She serves on the Board of Governors for Privia Medical Group and is an associate professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is proficient in Spanish. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Miami, and completed her training in family medicine at the Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program.

“The day-to-day patient care experiences and challenges of running a practice truly help me understand how to serve family physician readers,” said Sexton. “I often tell my students the goal is to have a journal that meets the needs of the busy family doctor that may only have time to read one journal – and that journal is AFP.”

Until her appointment as editor-in-chief, Sexton served the publication as associate deputy editor, overseeing and reviewing manuscripts and several departments. Previously, she also served as associate medical editor, assistant medical editor, editing fellow and as the resident/student member of the AFP editorial advisory board. Sexton founded the “Resident and Student Voice” in AFP.

“Having seen the evolution of AFP through the eyes of a student and now a seasoned physician, I know the journal is an invaluable evidence-based resource for anyone practicing or learning primary care at a variety of levels,” Sexton said. “What separates it from many other journals is its readability.”

AFP is the leading primary care journal in the United States, with a print circulation of more than 180,000 primary care physicians and more than 3.2 million website visits per month. AFP’s chief objective is to provide high-quality continuing medical education for family physicians and other primary care clinicians. The editors prefer original articles from experienced clinicians who write succinct, evidence-based, authoritative clinical reviews that will assist family physicians in patient care.

AFP maintains the highest editorial standards, consistent with the principles of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Association of Medical Editors. To avoid bias or the perception of bias, AFP does not consider manuscripts sponsored directly or indirectly by a commercial entity, or those written by an author who has a financial relationship with an entity that has a commercial interest in the subject matter.

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Founded in 1947, the American Academy of Family Physicians represents 134,600 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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