People in the News/Awards -- March 2019

April 01, 2019 12:36 pm News Staff

AAFP members often are named to prominent leadership positions or receive various honors for their work. In March, four Academy members were recognized as such.

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AAFP Director Ada Stewart, M.D., of Columbia, S.C., has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.(www.hhs.gov)

"Throughout her career, Dr. Stewart's expertise, advocacy and outreach have been instrumental in building greater knowledge about HIV among both the medical community and members of the public," said AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., in a March 15 news release. "Her compassion for people living with HIV sets an example for everyone."

Stewart is nationally recognized as a leader in advancing public knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS. She has lectured extensively on topics such as HIV and primary care and the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis for uninfected people at high risk for HIV exposure, along with other public health issues such as hepatitis C infection.

Stewart earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in Ada and practiced as a pharmacist for 10 years before embarking on a career in medicine. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo -- now the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences -- and completed her family medicine residency at Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbia, S.C.

After the events of September 11, 2011, Stewart enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and currently holds the rank of colonel. She has been a member of the AAFP since 1995 and has served in leadership positions at the state and national levels, including as a member of the Academy's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, president and board chair of the South Carolina AFP, and South Carolina delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

Robert Moser, M.D., has been named dean of the University of Kansas (KU) School of Medicine's Salina campus(www.kumc.edu) effective May 1. He will replace William Cathcart-Rake, M.D., who is retiring later this year.

"Dr. Moser is a lifelong Jayhawk, and his career has been devoted to improving the health of Kansans," said Robert Simari, M.D., executive vice chancellor of KU Medical Center and executive dean of the school of medicine. "With his wealth of knowledge and experience in primary care, Dr. Moser is well-positioned to carry forward the positive trajectory Dr. Cathcart-Rake has set into motion at the KU School of Medicine-Salina."

Moser is a 1985 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He completed his residency at the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency in Salina and spent almost 20 years as chief of medical staff at Greeley County Health Services, which is based in Tribune, Kan., where he often served as a preceptor for third- and fourth-year medical students. In addition to these duties, he served four years as secretary and state health officer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Salina campus opened in 2011 to address a critical shortage of physicians in Kansas, especially in the state's rural areas. It is one of three campuses, along with Kansas City and Wichita, that comprise the KU School of Medicine system.

Steven Zweig, M.D., M.S.P.H., professor and chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri (MU)-Columbia and current president of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine, has been named interim dean of the MU School of Medicine.(munews.missouri.edu) Zweig will take over for Patrice Delafontaine, M.D., who resigned from the position effective March 31.

"The MU School of Medicine is an institution that should elicit pride from all Missourians," said Alexander Cartwright, Ph.D., the university's chancellor. "I'm particularly grateful to Dr. Zweig for being willing to take the helm of the school of medicine during this transition. We're fortunate to have an experienced leadership team among our associate deans and chairs already in place that, under Dr. Zweig's leadership, I expect will carry us forward."

Zweig has a long history at MU, having graduated from the medical school in 1979 and completing both his residency and fellowship in family medicine there. He currently teaches residents and medical students, maintains an outpatient practice, and is a member of the department's supportive and palliative care team.

Katarina Lindley, D.O., who owns and practices at Eagle Medical Center in Brock, Texas, received the Excellence in Advocacy Award(www.newswire.com) from the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) during the ACOFP's annual convention in Chicago. The award recognizes family physicians who have significantly contributed their time and talents to national health care policy issues at the local, state and/or federal levels on behalf of the profession and their patients.

Lindley graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2004. She has organized several health-related events in her community, including programs designed to provide food to the homeless and prevent suicide. She also has served on the boards of the Texas Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.