AAFP EVP and CEO Douglas E. Henley to Step Down Next Year

Tuesday, April 23,  2019

Statement attributable to:
Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP
Board Chair
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians today announced that Douglas E. Henley, MD, FAAFP, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the AAFP since 2000, has notified the board of directors of his intention to leave his role with the organization next year. Dr. Henley’s last day as the AAFP’s EVP and CEO will be Aug. 1, 2020, the 20th anniversary of his tenure.

“Dr. Henley will remain at the helm of the AAFP and fully committed to his role until August of next year. During that time the AAFP will initiate a nationwide search for his successor. Because of the ample notice Dr. Henley provided, the AAFP expects seamless transition and onboarding for a new leader sometime in 2020.

So many aspects of modern life have changed in the last 20 years, and health care in America has experienced some of the most evolutionary transformation. The AAFP has accomplished many things under Dr. Henley’s leadership, and there is much more to work to do on behalf of family medicine over the course of Dr. Henley’s next 15 months.”


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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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