Because family medicine is such a customizable specialty, the possibilities are endless. Check out these physician profiles to see the amazing things family physicians do with their careers, including rural medicine, sports medicine, women's care, private and group practice, teaching, research, and more.
Mark Ryan, MD, FAAFP, practices family medicine in Richmond, VA, teaches, volunteers, travels, and tweets! He is assistant clinical professor of family medicine for Virginia Commonwealth University, and medical director for the school's international/inner city/rural preceptorship. He works in three different practices. One is the faculty practice in downtown Richmond, where most of the patients re uninsured and receive care under the health system's patient assistance program. He also works in a satelliteclinic in south Richmond seeing mostly pediatrics patients, 90% of whom are Spanish-speaking. He also teaches in a free clinic one evening a week, and spent four years working in rural private practice before joining the VCU faculty. Dr. Ryan is active on social media, tweeting from @RichmondDoc and sharing opinions on WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogspot.
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Dr. Mark Ryan
-- Q&A with Mark Ryan, MD, FAAFP, who practices family medicine in Richmond, VA, teaches, volunteers, travels, and tweets! He is assistant clinical professor of family medicine for Virginia Commonwealth University, and medical director for the school's international/inner city/rural preceptorship. He works in three different practices. One is the faculty practice in downtown Richmond, where most of the patients re uninsured and receive care under the health system's patient assistance program. He also works in a satelliteclinic in south Richmond seeing mostly pediatrics patients, 90% of whom are Spanish-speaking. He also teaches in a free clinic one evening a week, and spent four years working in rural private practice before joining the VCU faculty. Dr. Ryan is active on social media, tweeting from @RichmondDoc and sharing opinions on WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogspot.
Dr. Javier F. Sevilla-Martir
-- Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD, has acquired many titles in his ten years as a family physician. He practices and teaches as the Indiana University Methodist Family Medicine Center, which its in inner-city Indianapolis and serves a diverse community that includes system employees and a significant underserved population. Originally from Honduras, Dr. Sevilla-Martir is a bicultural and bilingual, and is able to offer services to Spanish-speaking families, as well as support students interested in learning medical Spanish. Dr. Sevilla-Martir was the 2011 Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award winner, an honor from the university. He serves as an associate professor of clinical family medicine, director of Hispanic/Latino health, international medicine, and global health for the IU department of family medicine, and is assistant dean of diversity for the school of medicine.
Dr. Joane Baumer
-- Q&A with Dr. Joane G. Baumer, whose 32 years in family medicine has included sports medicine, women's care, and global health initiatives. Dr. Baumer is chair of the department of family medicine at JPS Health Network Family Health Center in Fort Worth, Texas, a teaching clinic for the family medicine residency and geriatric residency that also serves as the international health clinic for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Located in an urban community that serves a diverse population, the department provides clinical services to multiple sites in the county through a centrally located hospital, a surgicenter, a sports and pain clinic, four family health practices, two residency practices, and 19 school-based clinics in neighborhoods.
Dr. Frederick Chen
-- Q&A with Frederick Chen, MD, MPH, who joined the faculty of the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2004, after completing the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a two-year fellowship in health services research. "During that time I developed my interest in combining research with health policy, which led me to work in Washington, D.C., for the federal government," Chen said. In addition to his position as associate professor of familiy medicine, Chen has a clinical practice at Seattle's Harborview Family Medicine Clinic. The county hospital serves an urban underserved population in which half of its patients are uninsured, and one-third are non-English speaking, Chen said. His practice provides prenatal and pediatric care, as well as addresses mental health and social needs.
Dr. Flora Sadri-Azarbeyejani
-- Q&A with Flora Sadri-Azarbeyejani, DO, MPH, FAAFP, who has been practicing family medicine for 7 years, and is currently the medical director of the Community Health Center of Franklin County in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Sadri-Azarbeyejani said the federally funded community health center opened in 1997 to serve the underserved in rural areas of Massachusetts. The area's population includes migrant farm workers and many living in a depressed economy.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Zlotnick
-- Q&A with Jeffrey Zlotnick, MD, CAQ, FAAFP. Better known as "Dr. Z, " he practices family medicine and sports medicine across state lines, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He's been in practice for nearly 30 years, and sat for the sports medicine Certificate of Added Qualification exam in 1982. Dr. Z became interested in sports medicine after working with a runner, who happened to be insulin-dependent diabetic, with a goal of completing a marathon. Dr. Z helped the runner to adjust his insulin, diet and fluid intake and complete the 26.2-mile race. From there, his interest expanded into taking care of local athletes, becoming the race physician for the Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual 150-mile bike tour, and teaching and giving lectures.
Dr. Marc Price
-- Q&A with Marc Price, DO, who says he was a family physician even before graduating medical school in 1999. In private practice in Malta, N.Y., Dr. Price worked for a large group practice before deciding to open his own, solo practice. Dr. Price sees about 100 patients per week in his practice, and said it's the clinical patient interactions that attracted him to family medicine. He is also heavily involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of family medicine, serving on the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy and the New York State Academy of Family Physicians Advocacy Commission.
Dr. Barbara Sheline
-- Q&A with Barbara L. Sheline, MD, MPH. Dr. Sheline has made private practice, academics, global health, clinical innovation and service to the underserved all part of her career, practicing the full scope of care, including obstetrics, through her position as assistant dean for primary care and associate professor of family medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Sheline teaches at the university and sees patients in Duke's clinic, which incorporates elements of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model. Dr. Sheline joined the Duke faculty in 1990, after completing a fellowship in social medicine at the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Russell Kohl
-- Q&A with Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, a full-time faculty member at the Univeristy of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Kohl brings a full-scope expertise with him to the academic community, having practiced full-scope family medicine for seven years, including surgical obstetrics and edoscopy, with a strong focus on community involvement and public health. Dr. Kohl served on the AAFP Board of Directors as its new physician member in 2010-11.
Dr. Melody Jordahl-Iafrato
-- Q&A with Melody Jordahl-Iafrato, MD, a family physician working with North County HealthCare's office in Show Low, Arizona, a federally qualified community health center. In her practice, Dr. Jordahl-Iafrato sees all types of patients from newborns to the elderly, provides obstetrical care and does procedures, among them skin biopsies, cryotherapy, colposcopies and joint injections. She is also president-elect of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. DeVry C. Anderson
-- Q&A with DeVry C. Anderson, MD, a family physician who uses his skills as a military surgeon for the Warrior Transition Brigade, Fort Hood, TX, and as owner and chief medical offer of Quick Care Walk In Clinic in North Austin, TX. Through his two roles Dr. Anderson serves two distinctly different patient populations, and also works to manage the fusion of the patient-centered medical home and urgent care models into his practices.
Dr. Fred Rottnek
-- Q&A with Fred Rottnek, MD, MAHCM, a full-time faculty member at Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis County Department of Health's Medical Director for Corrections Medicine. Dr. Rottnek is also involved in homeless health care and serves as medical director for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC). In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Rottnek holds a Master of Arts in Health Care Mission.
Dr. Beverly Flowers Jordan
-- Q&A with Beverly Flowers Jordan, MD, FAAFP, a new physician in the fifth year of her career and already very active in her practice, her community and family medicine leaders. Dr. Jordan is part of a four-physician practice, Professional Medical Associates, in Enterprise, Alabama, and treats patients from the community and its surrounding rural areas, as well as from a local military base. Dr. Jordan also holds a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.
Dr. Jay W. Lee
-- Q&A with Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, assistant program director and director of health policy at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Lee is also a prominent social media presence on behalf of family medicine and is involved in the Family Medicine Revolution movement.
Dr. Jen Brull
-- Q&A with Jen Brull, MD, of Prairie Star Family Practice, Plainville, Kan. Dr. Brull is a family physician in a rural community, and also has a special interest in health information technology and quality improvement.