People in the News/Awards -- January

February 06, 2013 02:50 pm News Staff

AAFP News Now has learned of two Academy members who recently were honored.

Richard Homan, M.D., of Norfolk, Va., has been selected( to replace the outgoing president of Eastern Virginia Medical School, Harry Lester, M.D. Homan, who will continue to serve as the school's dean and provost, begins his new post on April 15.

Homan earned his medical degree in 1982 from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In 1985, he completed his family medicine residency at Pennsylvania State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

Homan's professional career( has landed him in a wide range of roles, including serving a two-year stint with the U.S. Public Health Service at the Whiteriver Indian Health Service Hospital in Phoenix; working as assistant residency director and medical director of the family practice residency program clinic at the Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Pennsylvania; and serving as family medicine residency program director, family medicine chair, medical school dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and as president and dean of the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, among others.

An AAFP member since 1992, Homan is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and holds certificates of added qualifications in geriatric medicine and sports medicine.

Kurt Stange, M.D., Ph.D., of Shaker Heights, Ohio, received one of 25 awards( bestowed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support a portfolio of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research projects that align with the institute's National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda( Each priority represents a line of research inquiry that addresses unmet needs of patients, their caregivers, clinicians and other health care system stakeholders in making personalized health care decisions across a wide range of conditions and treatments.

The awards, which total $40.7 million during a three-year period, were part of PCORI's first cycle of primary research funding and address four research priority areas:

  • assessment of prevention, diagnosis and treatment options;
  • improving health care systems;
  • communication and dissemination research; and
  • addressing disparities.

The award recipients were selected from among nearly 500 completed applications submitted last year.

Stange is the Gertrude Donnelly Hess, M.D., professor of oncology research and professor of family medicine, epidemiology and biostatistics, oncology, and sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also is editor of the Annals of Family Medicine and directs the multisite Center for Research in Family Medicine and Primary Care, one of three research centers funded by the AAFP. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Stange maintains an active clinical practice.

Details about Stange's research proposal(, which is titled Patient-identified Personal Strengths (PIPS) vs Deficit-focused Models of Care, are available from the PCORI website.