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Saving Lives by Passing Laws

In addition to providing hands-on patient care, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, M.D., is improving public health in Oregon through her work as a state senator.

Starting a Rural Health System From Scratch

David Gaus, M.D., M.P.H., wanted to provide preventive care to the people of rural Ecuador. When he realized they needed more, he started an entire health system.

Burnout Survivor Strives to Help Peers

Nearly 20 years after bouncing back from physician burnout, Mark Greenawald, M.D., is trying to help his peers prevent or overcome it.

Caring for the Underserved Where They Need It

Ravi Grivois-Shah, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., set out to care for the underserved. Directing a mobile health program and a clinic with a large refugee population have allowed him to do it.

'I Am Convinced Family Medicine Is the Solution'

Watching a family member struggle with illness and access to care inspired third-year family medicine resident Kristina Dakis, M.D., to pursue a career in medicine.

Closing the Gap Between Public Health Goals and Reality

Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., wanted to influence health on a large scale. He found that opportunity as Virginia's deputy commissioner for population health.

Tackling a New Career — and Residency — at 58

Former NFL player and medical device company CEO Milt McColl, M.D., is finishing his medical training and loving every minute of it.

Encouraging the Next Generation of Doctors

As founder of a youth health career mentorship program, Renee Crichlow, M.D., is helping young students climb "The Ladder" to medical school and beyond.

Showing Minority Students What's Possible

Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans represent less than 7 percent of the physician workforce. Kameron Matthews, M.D., J.D., and her colleagues are trying to change that.

Path to Leadership Started as Volunteer

Jay Lee, M.D., M.P.H., said lessons learned as a medical volunteer in El Salvador have served him well as a family physician leader and advocate.

Working to Eliminate Health Disparities

Family physician Denise Rodgers, M.D., is leading a broad community effort to eliminate health disparities related to nutrition, fitness, housing and mental health in Newark, N.J.

Her Leadership Path Has Come Full Circle

Kisha Davis, M.D., M.P.H., was recently elected convener of the 2019 National Conference of Constituency Leaders. She wants to give back to the event that trained her as a leader.

Building a Case for Health Equity

Brian Frank, M.D., said his circuitous route to a career in medicine helps him understand the patient perspective and the need for health equity.

Caring for Olympic Team a Golden Opportunity

Allyson Howe, M.D., wanted a career that included caring for athletes. She achieved that goal as the head physician for the Olympic champion U.S. women's hockey team.

Harnessing Health Data in Pursuit of Triple Aim

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, M.D., is helping the Center for Improving Value in Health Care utilize vast health claims data in pursuit of better health, better care and lower costs.

Delivering Full-scope Family Medicine

Family physician Christina Kelly, M.D., provides maternity care, including surgical obstetrics. She's also showing medical students and residents how broad their scope could be as family physicians.

Improving Care for LGBTQ Community

Kevin Wang, M.D., is teaching medical students, residents, physicians and others how to meet the unique health care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer patients.

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

Marjie Heier, M.D., may not have found the medical practice she expected in Zambia, but the people of this African nation certainly found what they needed in Heier.

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline in the Golden State

Jo Marie Reilly, M.D., M.P.H., developed an innovative program at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to draw more medical students to primary care.

She Found Where She Belonged at National Conference

Victoria Boggiano, M.D., M.P.H., confirmed her specialty choice and became a leader at the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Now she hopes to help others do the same.

Racing Toward a Bright Future

Erin Clark, a regional coordinator for the family medicine interest group network, is pursuing two academic degrees and a spot in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials.

'Country Doc' Leading Health Advocacy in Lone Star State

As he winds down his fourth decade in practice, Douglas Curran, M.D., remains a leading physician advocate in his state as president of the Texas Medical Association.

Mentoring, Providing Opportunities for Next Generation

Volunteering in a health care outreach clinic as a teenager helped Juan Robles, M.D., find the mentors he needed in health care. Now he is creating similar opportunities for college students.

Medical Educator Is Keen on Evidence

Whether through conference presentations, journals, mentoring or podcasting, Steven Brown, M.D., is delivering evidence-based medicine to students, residents and physicians.

Growing Family Medicine is 'Fantastic Mission'

A longtime leader in family medicine training, Joseph Gravel, M.D., hopes to double the size of a residency program for the second time in his career.

Expanding the Primary Care Pipeline

Julie Phillips, M.D., M.P.H., is using research to understand the factors that influence student choice and, ultimately, improve the family physician pipeline.

Teaching Students to Be Leaders, Create Change

Physician, educator and advocate Kari Mader, M.D., M.P.H., is teaching medical students how to identify and address their communities' needs.

From Army Wife to Army Doctor

Lt. Col. Julie Hundertmark, M.D., realized her dream of becoming a physician in the military and now is encouraging others to follow her path.

FP Steps in With Compassion for Child Sex Abuse Victims

Samuel "Le" Church, M.D., M.P.H., literally rebuilt his practice so he could help childhood victims of sexual assault.

Want to Be a Physician Leader? Just Take the Reins

Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., says physicians are natural leaders. She's working to ensure her colleagues feel empowered to create change.

Training the Next Generation of Family Physicians

Philip Diller, M.D., PhD., recently was named senior associate dean for educational affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He said it's important for more family physicians to take on roles as academic deans.

Casting a Wide Net for Primary Care Research

Wilson Pace, M.D., had an idea to build networks that allow physicians to share data, and the project has given researchers access to de-identified records for more than 30 million patients.

Tailoring His Practice for Community, Trainees

Residency program director Jim Campbell, M.D., practices in a wide variety of settings so he can show students and residents the full scope of family medicine.

'Moving the Needle' on Student Choice

Michelle Roett, M.D., M.P.H., is working on both local and national initiatives to expand the family medicine pipeline.

Health Equity Fellow Plans to Learn While Leading Others

As one of the AAFP's first health equity fellows, Karen Isaacs, M.D., M.P.H., is working to improve the process of screening patients for social determinants of health and linking them to needed resources.

Taking the Family Medicine Message to the Masses

Former AAFP President Richard Roberts, M.D., J.D., may have retired from his day jobs, but he's still working for family medicine.

A Champion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity

When Jennifer Edgoose, M.D., M.P.H., objected to the lack of diversity in her residency program, her department chair challenged her to do something about it. She didn't stop there.

Mapping a Path to Good Health

Paul Ravenna, M.D., is studying how geographic information systems can help improve health care and how physicians can be trained to use those tools to help patients.

Future FP Is Already an Educator, Innovator

Intern Tyson Schwab, M.D., M.S., just started his family medicine training, but he already has two medical devices in development.

Daughter's Birth Defect Led Him to Medical School

Chris Zeman didn't plan to be a physician, but when his daughter was born with gastroschisis, he was inspired to go back to school at age 31.

Rocking Full-scope Family Medicine for Rural Patients

Noemi "Mimi" Doohan, M.D., Ph.D., was tasked with starting a rural family medicine residency program from scratch. After four years of preparation, the program will launch in 2019.

Leading From Within the Health Care System

Ajoy Kumar, M.D., realized as an intern just how broken our health care system is. He's been working to change that ever since.

Meet Family Medicine's Point Man on Immunizations

His research and work on state and national committees put Jonathan Temte, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., on a path to become one of family medicine's foremost experts on immunizations.

Caring for People Affected by War

Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., spent a decade covering wars as a journalist. Now she cares for those fleeing from such conflicts.

Rural FP Delivers Unique Gifts for Littlest Patients

When small-town family physician Erik Bostrom, M.D., decided to make baby blankets for each of the newborns he delivers, he also made national news.

Creating an Academic Hub for Addiction Medicine

After completing his training with an addiction medicine fellowship, Luke Peterson, D.O., brought what he learned back to Phoenix to train others.

Resident Is Laser-focused on Helping Others

Volunteering with vulnerable populations put Sarah Matthews, M.D., on the path to a family medicine career.

This FP's Roots Are in Global Health

Laura Chambers-Kersh, M.D., knew she wanted to work with underserved communities as a teenager after volunteering with her family physician mother on the Navajo Nation.

Resident's Initiatives Tackle Health Disparities

Nayeli Spahr, M.D., M.P.H., was an immigrant child whose mother was a nurse. Her experiences shaped her desire to address inequities in health care.

Future FP Is 'Beyond Excited' for Match Day

Kethelyne Beauvais found her calling in family medicine while volunteering at a free clinic as an undergraduate. On March 15, the medical student will learn which residency program she matched to.

FP Focused on Integrating Social, Medical Care Services

Since struggling to address the social determinants of health as a new physician, Laura Gottlieb, M.D., M.P.H., has focused her career on reducing social barriers to health.

Resident Is Already an Agent of Change

Family medicine resident Jamal Lawrence, M.D., is poised to achieve his childhood goal of caring for patients and a community.

FP Set on Charting Her Own Course in Family Medicine

When Bich-May Nguyen, M.D., M.P.H., found herself wanting more from her career, she figured out a way to pursue all her interests.

Especially in the Army, FPs Are Called to Lead

When Brig. Gen. Telita Crosland, M.D., M.P.H., assumed command of Regional Health Command-Atlantic last year, it gave her responsibility for 24,000 people, a budget of $1.6 billion and about 600,000 patients.

After More Than 30 Years, Education Is Still His Passion

Robin Winter, M.D., M.M.M., was recently recognized for his leadership, mentoring and efforts to advance the specialty during a span of more than 30 years as a family medicine residency program director.

FP Mentor Guides Youths to Careers in Health Care

Beulette Hooks, M.D., never met a black physician while she was growing up. Now she's working to ensure young people in her community have mentors in medicine.

Caring for Herself Lets Her Better Care for Others

When the demands of being a physician took their toll on her health, Shani Muhammad, M.D., took steps to improve her own fitness and alter the way she practices medicine.

Creating AI Tools That Work for Family Medicine

When Brent Sugimoto, M.D., M.P.H., decided he'd had enough of his EHR system and burdensome documentation, he quit his practice to do something about it.

FP Aims to Stay on the Cutting Edge of Family Medicine

Edward Bujold, M.D., isn't one to settle for the status quo. Rather, his passion for family medicine and drive to serve patients in his community keep him continually striving to be -- and do -- better.

FP Delivers Best of Family Medicine Throughout Long Career

During his 65-year career as a family physician, Alexander D. "A.D." Brickler II, M.D., has cared for a remarkable number of Tallahassee families and delivered more than 30,000 babies. The recently retired 90-year-old also helped deliver racially integrated health care to his Florida city.

FP Relies on Faith to Help Her Keep Blazing New Trails

As a young girl living in inner-city Detroit, Ophelia Garmon-Brown, M.D., lacked the resources that many of her colleagues had as children. What Garmon-Brown had, however, was an abundance of faith that continues, even today, to guide her work.

FP Reflects on Service on Front Lines of Family Medicine

During a 22-year stint in the Army, including more than a decade serving as a White House physician, Col. Kevin O'Connor, D.O., has found himself continually searching for ways to better serve his patients, whether it's in a classroom, at a hospital or in a war zone.

Command Performance: Caring for Families in the Line of Duty

The way Lt. Col. Kevin Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., sees it, his patients should always have access to the medical care they need -- even if they're in the middle of a war zone or providing relief in a hurricane-ravaged community.

Going the Extra Mile for Transgender Patients

When Izzy Lowell, M.D., M.B.A., realized how great the need was for transgender care in her region, she created a five-state practice to fill the void.

Turns Out, You Can Go Home Again

Rachel Franklin, M.D., walked away from a partnership in a large multispecialty practice to take on a greater role at her alma mater.

Bringing Family Medicine's Past to Bear on Its Future

Aaron George, D.O., was inspired to follow in his uncle's footsteps as his hometown's family physician, but an opportunity to help expand the region's primary care pipeline altered his career path.

Be a Voice for Change in Health Care

National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., has found numerous avenues to be an advocate for patients and family medicine.;National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students speaker Michael Richardson, M.D., ...

Working to Inspire Fellow Medical Students

Margaret Miller, student chair of the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, will see a year's worth of hard work come to fruition this week in Kansas City, Mo.

Following a Calling to Bolster Public Health

Rear Adm. Michael Toedt, M.D., chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service, says he felt called to make a difference in public health.

From Homeless Teen to Family Doc

Sheryl Recinos, M.D., M.A., can connect with patients experiencing homelessness because she has experienced it herself.

Keeping Family Physicians Up to Date

A knack for combining statistics, clinical advice and humor has made Family Medicine Experience mainstage presenter Frank Domino, M.D., a popular speaker, editor and educator.

Family Medicine Is Ticket to Wide World of Sports Medicine

Amy Leu, D.O., combined two of her passions -- sports and health care -- in a career that has taken her around the globe.

Teaching Residents to Share Their Stories

When he was ready for the next step in his career, past AAFP President Reid Blackwelder, M.D., "found the best of all worlds" as a family medicine department chair.

Student Leader Found Intersection of Medicine, Social Justice

Medical student Julia Wang, a daughter of immigrants, is emerging as a champion for health equity and social justice.

Social Justice Brought Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Michelle Byrne, M.D., M.P.H., had a job she loved running a pediatric practice, but her desire to do more led her to medical school and family medicine.

Rural, Urban, OB and More: This Family Doc Does It All

Joe Skariah, D.O., M.P.H., found his dream job practicing full-scope family medicine -- including obstetrics -- in both rural and urban practices and an academic setting.

Family Medicine Is Key to Abundant Opportunities

Former AAFP President Warren Jones, M.D., has been taking on leadership roles in family medicine for decades. At 71, he's not done yet.

Small-town FP Takes on National, Global Leadership Roles

David Barbe, M.D., M.H.A., has practiced in his rural hometown his entire career, but his leadership path led to national and global roles.

In NFL and in Clinic, This FP Knows Teamwork Counts

After injuries ended his professional football career, family physician Kip Corrington, M.D., Ph.D., switched his focus from preventing touchdowns to preventing illness.

Building a Foundation of Evidence-based Research

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

Following Evidence Led FP to His Most Important Role

John Epling, M.D., M.S.Ed., said his role in helping craft recommendations for his peers as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is some of the most important work of his career.

FP Leads Residents in Care for Homeless Patients

Barbara Yawn, M.D., M.S.P.H, M.Sc., identified a gap in primary care research and sought to fill it. Nearly 30 years and more than 400 peer-reviewed publications later, she's still investigating.

Physician Filmmaker Documents More Than Patient Records

Physician and filmmaker Leo Lopez III, M.D., found himself on a family medicine career path after his own experience as a patient.

Resident's Health Tips Reach Young People on TikTok

Rose Marie Leslie, M.D., wanted to share health tips with young people. Now the family medicine resident's entertaining videos are gaining a big following on the social media service TikTok.

Health Equity Fellow Targets Obesity in Clinic, Community

AAFP Health Equity Fellow Keisha Harvey, M.D., has embarked on a broad campaign to address obesity with efforts in physician offices and throughout the community.

Med Student Leader Helps Peers Find Family Medicine Path

Mentors led Chase Mussard to family medicine. Now the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine student strives to do the same for others.

NCCL Convener Has a Passion for Advocacy

For Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, M.D., serving as convener of the 2020 AAFP National Conference of Constituency Leaders is a chance to advocate for family physicians and their patients, and to help members on their own paths to leadership.

Mentor Blazed a Trail Worth Following

Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., recently retired after serving nearly two decades as the first woman and the first member of a racial/ethnic minority to be named a permanent chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. But she says she still has work to do.

Colleagues' Deaths Inspired FP to Bounce Back

Corey Martin, M.D., co-founded the Bounce Back Project to promote health through happiness among clinicians and in the community. Data show the work is making a difference.

FP Delivers Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community

Family physician Zita Magloire, M.D., delivered nearly 90 babies in her small community last year and is determined to show medical students and residents that they can incorporate obstetrics in their practices, too.

FP Turns Self-Advocacy Into Advocacy for Family Medicine

Hearing loss forced Joanna Bisgrove, M.D., to learn how to advocate effectively. The AAFP's National Conference of Constituency Leaders helped her become an advocate for others.

FP Playing Key Role in States' Pandemic Response

As chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, family physician Marcus Plescia, M.D., M.P.H., plays an important role in states' pandemic response.

Early Career Start Gives FP More Time to Make a Difference

Ashley Peterson, D.O., started medical school at 19 and launched her own business at 24, and she's just getting started.

Embracing Challenge to Forge Family Medicine Workforce

Program director Deborah Clements, M.D., is always on the lookout for prospective residents who have overcome challenges because she knows from experience that navigating hardships can make you a better doctor.

Standout Student Eager for Match Results

Elana Curry has been a medical student leader at Ohio State University. On March 20, she'll be one of the thousands of fourth-year students waiting to find out where they will complete their training.

Family Physician Researcher, Mentor Takes Reins of USPSTF

Family physician Alex Krist, M.D., M.P.H., has been following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's recommendations for decades. Now he'll lead their development.

COVID-19 Diagnosis Didn't Stop FP From Helping Patients

Family physician Mary Krebs, M.D., diagnosed herself with COVID-19. Then she cared for more than 150 patients in three days via telemedicine.

Family Physician, Husband Play Key Role in PPE Solution

Family physician Laurie Hommema, M.D., and her husband helped implement a solution to the dire need for N95 masks in her heath system, and it is now being deployed to dozens of other sites.

From 'Unnecessary' to Indispensable

Hima Ekanadham, M.D., and her family physician colleagues -- once deemed unnecessary by their institution -- are playing vital roles at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Familiar Voice for Family Medicine

His prolific work as a family medicine researcher has given Douglas Kamerow, M.D., M.P.H., global platforms where he can discuss important health issues.

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