Thousands of enthusiastic family physicians, their guests and other attendees flocked to Philadelphia for the 2019 Congress of Delegates and Family Medicine Experience Sept. 23-28. Here's a taste of what went on during this year's signature events.
Family physicians who participate in the AAFP's annual Congress of Delegates come to make their voices heard. New Hampshire alternate delegate Marie Ramos, M.D., of Hollis, is no exception and steps confidently to the microphone during Sunday's Town Hall to engage with a panel of AAFP leaders about the need to restructure federally qualified health centers. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Ada Stewart, M.D., is surrounded by family and friends as she eagerly awaits word that she is the new AAFP president-elect. Stewart, who practices in Columbia, S.C., precepts residents, medical students and nurse practitioners at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine there. Stewart also holds the rank of colonel in the Army Reserves, having enlisted after Sept. 11, 2001. (Chris Crawford/AAFP News)
Moments after hearing the results of AAFP officer and Board elections held during the 2019 Congress of Delegates, newly named AAFP President-elect Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, S.C., is escorted to the stage by sergeants-at-arms Bryan Picou, M.D., a Louisiana delegate from Natchitoches, and Kami Phillips, M.D., a Massachusetts alternate delegate from Gardner. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
As the AAFP's 2019 Congress of Delegates in Philadelphia draws to a close, incoming Academy President Gary LeRoy, M.D., of Dayton, Ohio, right, bows his head to receive the president's medal from AAFP Board Chair John Cullen, M.D., of Valdez, Alaska. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
AAFP Board Chair John Cullen, M.D., takes the podium to install the 2019-20 AAFP Board of Directors. New to the Board are Directors Andrew Carroll, M.D., of Chandler, Ariz.; Steven Furr, M.D., of Jackson, Ala.; and Margot Savoy, M.D., M.P.H., of Newark, Del.; new physician member Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., of Richmond, Calif.; resident member Kelly Thibert, D.O., M.P.H., of Columbus, Ohio; and student member Margaret Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Newly installed AAFP Director Margot Savoy, M.D., shares a special moment with 100-year-old family physician Angel Mattos, M.D., of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, who has attended the AAFP's annual meeting for more than 50 years. The two share a common bond: Mattos is a 1949 graduate of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, and Savoy is chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Temple. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
Current and former speakers of the Congress of Delegates gather with other officers at the close of the 2019 Congress as former Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., presents staff member Diane McDaniel with a plaque recognizing her as an AAFP honorary member. McDaniel will retire in June 2020 after 40 years of service to the AAFP, including 16 years as COD assistant secretary and manager of the office of governance for 16 years. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
AAFP President and CEO Douglas Henley, M.D., surprises attendees at the Family Medicine Experience opening ceremony in Philadelphia when he ditches his traditional single-shot T-shirt cannon for a veritable Gatling gun version that can rapid-fire a dozen shirts in a single round. BTW, no Academy funds were used to purchase this "Bad Boy," which was used to commemorate his final FMX as top AAFP executive; Henley will retire in June 2020. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
The AAFP's 2020 Family Physician of the Year Eduardo Gonzalez, M.D., says one of his life principles is to serve patients through action. Whether he is helping train a new generation of physicians, donating his time to deliver basic care services in the Dominican Republic or overseeing a student-run free clinic, that mission remains constant. (Matt Roberts/AAFP News)
As Michael Eisner, former CEO of the Walt Disney Co., entertains a huge audience at the opening ceremony of the AAFP's 2019 Family Medicine Experience, it appears that Mufasa, the larger-than-life king of the Pride Lands in the original Disney movie The Lion King, is keeping a close eye on the proceedings. (Sheri Porter/AAFP News)
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Meet the New AAFP President, Gary LeRoy, M.D.
Learn about incoming AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D. The Academy's newest leader practices family medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and serves as associate dean of student affairs and admissions for the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. As AAFP president, LeRoy promised to share physicians' challenges "with those who hold the levers of change in America's health care system."
Meet the 2020 Family Physician of the Year
Meet Eduardo Gonzalez, M.D., of Tampa, Fla., and learn how he’s mentoring the next generation of physicians at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, as well as overseeing a student-run free clinic there. And that's when he's not donating his time to provide basic primary care for citizens of the Dominican Republic.