The WAFP wants to celebrate the accomplishments of its members. That’s why we’re asking members to submit newsworthy articles regarding you, your practice and your commitment to the community.
Mark Thompson, MD - President, Medical Groups – SSM Health Wisconsin Region.
Congratulations to WAFP past president, Mark Thompson, MD for accepting the position of President, Medical Groups – SSM Health Wisconsin Region.
In this new role, Dr. Thompson will direct physician and advance practice services within the Wisconsin region. Among other things, he will be responsible for providing leadership direction on clinical outpatient services and integrated delivery network outcomes.
Dr. Thompson has earned a reputation as a senior physician executive skilled in guiding health systems in clinical leadership, quality, safety, work-force development, patient satisfaction and operational excellence.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Thompson on his new role!
Congratulations to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Family Medicine Interest Group for receiving the 2019 FMIG Program of Excellence award! The award was presented at last month’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. For more than ten years, the AAFP Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Network has recognized FMIGs with the Program of Excellence Award for their efforts to stimulate student interest in family medicine and family medicine programming. 2019 is the fifth consecutive year that the UWSMPH FMIG has received this award.
Congratulations to UW and all of your FMIG members for this exciting accomplishment! Read their winning application and to learn more about the amazing things accomplished by the FMIG.
Lisa Dodson, MD – WAFP President
Both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature have passed a bill aimed at streamlining step therapy — a practice where insurers require patients to try certain treatments and have them fail before paying for the treatment prescribed by their doctors. Learn what this means for patients from WAFP President Lisa Dodson, MD.
You can hear Dr. Dodson at 13:11 in the segment recording.
Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP
Congratulations to AAFP Speaker, Alan Schwartzstein, MD on his reappointment for another 3-year term to the WI Public Health Council. Dr. Schwartzstein was appointed chair of the Policy Committee and elected Secretary about 8 months ago.
Dr. Schwartzstein adds, "I am more excited now than ever before about the Council. During my tenure, we are looking more carefully at priority areas than the entire State Health Plan; looking at outcomes and whether the projects being done are obtaining anticipated results; and plan to have a more public 'voice' on progress on the Health Plan."
WAFP Past-President Andrea Gavin, MD
Congratulations to WAFP Past-President Andrea Gavin, MD on being appointed to the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees. Dr. Gavin will serve as an At-Large Trustee with a term running from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021.
The American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Its mission is to advance the values of Family Medicine by promoting humanitarian, educational and scientific initiatives that improve the health of all people. The AAFP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and supports more than 20 programs each year.
(Left to right) retiring Delegate Byron Crouse, MD, WAFP President Steve Bartz, MD and retiring Alternate Delegate Alan David, MD
WAFP would like to thank retiring AAFP Delegates Byron Crouse, MD and Alan David, MD for their many years of service to the WAFP. Both Dr. Crouse and Dr. David have been tremendous assets to the Academy, particularly in the areas of medical student education. Dr. Crouse has served the Academy in a variety of positions including as President of the WAFP-Foundation from 2013-15, and as Alternate Delegate then Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates from 2016-18. Likewise, Dr. David has served in a variety of positions including as President of the Academy in 2005, and as Alternate Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates from 2017-18. Thank you, Dr. Crouse and Dr. David, for all of your leadership and service over the years.
WAFP President Steve Bartz, Md (left) and WAFP Board Chair Ken Schellhase, MD (right)
WAFP would like to thank WAFP Board Chair Ken Schellhase, MD for his many years of service to the WAFP. Dr. Schellhase has served the academy in many capacities over the years, on committees and workgroups, including as Chair of the Legislative Committee. Dr. Schellhase was first elected to the Board as a Director in 2009, serving in that position through 2013. In 2014 Dr. Schellhase was elected into the leadership track, including serving as President of the Academy in 2017. Thank you for your leadership. We look forward to your continued involvement.
Ann Evensen, MD gives her acceptance speech after receiving the AAFP Humanitarian Award
WAFP would like to congratulate Ann Evensen, MD on being named the 2018 recipient of the AAFP Humanitarian Award. Created in 1997, this prestigious award honors AAFP members who demonstrate extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts both within and beyond the borders of the United States. Her achievements range from local leadership as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Wisconsin (UW), to global, including introducing Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) courses to India and Ethiopia. These are just one example of her acclaimed humanitarian work across the globe.
Congratulations on this exciting honor Dr. Evensen!
Jon Temte, MD gives his acceptance speech after receiving the AAFP Public Health Award
WAFP would like to congratulate Jon Temte, MD on being named the 2018 recipient of the AAFP Public Health award. Created in 1989, this prestigious award recognizes the important contributions that family physicians make to advancing the health of the public at the national, state, or local levels. Dr. Temte has long provided incredible public health service locally across the state of Wisconsin and nationally including monthly influenza newsletters and representation of the Academy on public health issues. He continues to remain a strong advocate for the role of family physicians play in solving public health issues.
Congratulations on this exciting honor Dr. Temte!
Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP
WAFP Past President Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, was awarded the Wisconsin Medical Society's Presidential Citation during its June 2018 Board of Directors Meeting. Read more.
Nick Turkal, MD
The WAFP would like to congratulate Advocate Aurora Health co-CEO Nick Turkal, MD for being ranked among Modern Healthcare's top 50 physician executives in the nation. Turkal, who oversaw Aurora's merger with Advocate Health Care, was ranked the fifth most influential physician leader for 2018.
Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP
The WAFP would like to congratulate Alan Schwartzstein, MD, FAAFP, TM for being elected Speaker of the AAFP at the 2017 Congress of Delegates. Alan moves into his role as speaker after having served the last two years as Vice Speaker.
John Frey, MD and AAFP Board Chair John Meigs Jr., MD, FAAFP
The WAFP would like to congratulate John Frey, MD for receiving the 2017 AAFP John G Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine. This is the highest honor award given by AAFP, recognizing long-term dedication to family medicine. Congratulations on this great honor!
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