Rural Kansas Town Serves as Backdrop for FP's Medical, Public Service Career

ANN Spotlights Robert Moser, M.D.

July 12, 2012 04:35 pm Sheri Porter
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In June of 1958, Robert Moser Jr. was born in Denver. Exactly 30 years later -- after earning his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine -- Robert Moser, M.D., celebrated his completion of the Smoky Hill Family Practice Residency Program in Salina, Kan.

Moser spent the next 11 years tending to patients as only family physicians can do -- delivering babies, setting broken bones, managing a myriad of patients with chronic diseases and doling out preventive care measures -- at the Greeley County Family Practice Clinic in tiny Tribune, Kan., population 741 according to the 2010 U.S. census records.

By 1997, the practice had grown to include another clinic, as well as physical therapy and home health services; so the decision was made to partner with Greeley County Hospital under the new name Greeley County Health Services. Moser served as medical chief of staff there from 1991 to 2010 while also juggling numerous professional positions with a variety of medical organizations.

[Robert Moser Jr., M.D., secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment]

Robert Moser, M.D.

Moser is a two-time winner of the Kansas Medical Society's Gleason Leadership Award and in 2006, was named the Kansas AFP Family Physician of the Year.

In addition to serving stints on numerous AAFP commissions and committees -- and stepping to the plate as the Kansas AFP president from 2001-2002 -- Moser has been active in a variety of other organizations, including the AMA, the Kansas Medical Society, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society of Sports Medicine and the National Rural Health Association.

As Moser's leadership skills and list of accomplishments grew, so did his visibility in the eyes of Kansas political leaders. Moser has received a number of committee and commission appointments since 2008, including the Kansas Rural Commission, the Veteran's Affairs Rural Veterans Advisory Committee and the Kansas Legislative Task Force on Postgraduate Medical Education. From January 2008 to 2010, Moser was tapped as chair of the Kansas Primary Care Collaborative Coordinating Committee.

On Jan. 10, 2011, as an appointee of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Moser assumed the role of secretary and state health officer of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a position he continues to hold today.

AAFP News Now recently sat down with Moser to talk about his current role, how his family medicine experience helps him, and his plans for the future. See the audio file above.