• Get to Know the 2024-2025 Candidates for
    AAFP Office

    May 30, 2024, News Staff ― AAFP Nominating Committee Chair Reid Blackwelder, M.D., FAAFP, announced in a recent Leader Voices blog post that the new committee had completed its first year of evaluating applications, interviewing potential nominees and vetting a final slate of candidates for the Academy’s 2024-25 Board of Directors. Delegates to the 2024 Congress of Delegates will elect candidates to fill the positions of president-elect, speaker, vice speaker and director when they meet Sept. 23–25 in Phoenix.

    AAFP Congress of Delegates

    Before then, you can get to know those candidates by exploring the 2024-2025 candidates’ webpage. From there, you can link to each candidate’s individual webpage to learn more about them and see what interests or concerns you may have in common. (You’ll need to be logged in to access these pages.)

    On each individual candidate page, you’ll find contact information, a personal statement and a short biography. From that page, you can also link to each candidate’s curriculum vitae and whatever personal and/or social media webpages they wish to share. After reading about where they’ve come from, what they’ve accomplished and what they believe is important for family medicine today and in years to come, consider reaching out to your chapter’s COD delegates to urge them to vote for your favorites.

    The candidates AAFP delegates will vote for on Sept. 25 are:


    • Gail Guerrero-Tucker, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Thatcher, Ariz.

    • Sarah Nosal, M.D., FAAFP, New York, N.Y.

    • Karen Smith, M.D., FAAFP, Raeford, N.C.


    • Russell Kohl, M.D., FAAFP, Stilwell, Kan. 


    • Daron Gersch, M.D., FAAFP, Avon, Minn.

    At-large Directors

    • Shannon Dowler, M.D., C.P.E., FAAFP, Marshall, N.C.

    • Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Bangor, Maine

    • Kathleen Mueller, M.D., FAAFP, Windsor, Conn.

    • Jyothi Patri, M.D., M.H.A., FAAFP, Clovis, Calif.

    • Tina Tanner, M.D., FAAFP, Muskegon, Mich.

    • Laura Yalden, M.D., FAAFP, Englewood, N.J.

    It’s worth noting that the AAFP’s Candidate Campaign Activities and Rules document states that although candidates for Academy offices may not use official AAFP social media channels (e.g., X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) for campaigning purposes, candidates are welcome to use the official COD event hashtag — #aafpcod — in any messages sent from their personal X account, including campaign messages. Academy members also can use that COD hashtag to follow campaign activities and other events leading up to the election.

    For those planning to attend this year’s gathering, this schedule of official activities (subject to change) outlines what you can expect; you’ll also want to access this housing and registration portal as you begin making your travel arrangements.