• American Academy of Family Physicians Names Shannon Scott as Chief Strategy Officer  

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

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    Janelle Davis
    American Academy of Family Physicians
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    LEAWOOD, Kan. — The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that Shannon M. Scott has been named chief strategy officer, and on Jan. 1, 2021, she will also assume the role of deputy executive vice president (DEVP). Scott joined the AAFP in 2016 as senior vice president of marketing, communications, membership, and meetings and conventions.

    In her DEVP role, Scott will succeed Todd Dicus, AAFP’s current chief operating officer and DEVP. Dicus will retire on Feb. 1, 2021.

    “As I began looking for the next DEVP of the AAFP, I was seeking a leadership partner who is a strong strategic thinker and is passionate about family medicine,” said Shawn Martin, CEO and executive vice president of the AAFP. “I quickly realized that the best person for the job was already part of our organization. Shannon has a deep understanding of the AAFP, is passionate about our mission and the work of our members and has extensive experience leading strategic transformations.”

    In her new role, Shannon will maintain responsibility for the AAFP’s membership, marketing, communications, and meetings and conventions teams. She will lead the development and implementation of the AAFP’s strategic and operational plans. In addition, effective Jan. 1, 2021, the information technology division will report to Shannon.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to further serve and work alongside the AAFP’s amazing members and talented staff,” said Scott. “Family physicians are the cornerstones of health care in their communities. I look forward to identifying and implementing innovations and strategic initiatives that advance the specialty of family medicine and enhance patient care.”

    Before coming to the AAFP, Scott served as executive director, marketing communications at Applebee’s International, Inc. Prior to that, she was creative and media director at the Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas State University. 


    About the American Academy of Family Physicians
    Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 136,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that's 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America's underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine's cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care. To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP's award-winning consumer website, www.familydoctor.org