H. Kyle Sheets, MD, Receives National Honor From American Academy of Family Physicians

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Contact:
Stephanie Wilken
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5221
swilken@aafp.org


SAN ANTONIO—H. Kyle Sheets, MD, founder and CEO of Concord Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas, was awarded the 2017 Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting.

The Humanitarian Award honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts by AAFP members, both within and beyond the borders of the United States.

Sheets created Concord Medical Group in 2001 to meet the needs of rural hospitals in the west Texas area. It is a physician-owned and operated organization and has since grown to serve three additional states.

During his third year of residency, Sheets was seeking a one-month clinical rotation where he and his family could experience a new culture. In the summer of 1999, Dr. Sheets, his wife and their 10 children, took a trip to Zimbabwe, where he served at the Karanda Mission Hospital. This experience changed his worldview forever.

Four years later, Dr. Sheets started PAPA Missions (Physicians Aiding Physicians Abroad). The intent was to provide practical help to other physicians who had a desire for medical missions, but no practical experience in planning mission trips. While PAPA’s missions began in Zimbabwe, hundreds of volunteers have gone to six different countries, and medical supplies have been shipped to needy medical facilities around the world.

Sheets is currently involved in building a new hospital and clinic in the rural mountains of
Guatemala. It is a joint project with DOCS for Hope. It will be the only facility available for Mayan women in need of operative deliveries and for inpatient treatment of childhood diseases.

Sheets earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine at Galveston. He completed his family medicine residency at the Via Christi Family Practice Residency in Wichita, Kansas. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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