CHAPEL HILL — Warren P. Newton, MD, MPH, chair of UNC's Department of Family Medicine and executive associate dean of medical education at UNC’s School of Medicine, has been elected chair of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
He was elected at the ABFM annual meeting in April and assumed the role of chair-elect. He will serve one year as chair-elect, one year as chair and one year as immediate past chair.
Newton joined the UNC faculty in 1990 and has been the William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor and chair of the UNC Department of Family Medicine since 1999. He has held the title of executive associate dean for medical education at the UNC School of Medicine since 2008.
Newton is also the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Cecil G. Sheps Health Services Research Center, Founding Chair of Community Care of Central Carolina (CCCC), and Director of the Carolina Health Net uninsured initiative. He leads the North Carolina Health Quality Alliance, the pilot of a national effort by the specialty societies and boards of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics to improve dramatically the quality of chronic disease care in primary care practice. He also leads the I3/PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) Initiative in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Nationally, he has served as President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) and was the Founding Chair of the Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM). He currently serves on the Board of Directors of ABFM, the Family Practice Inquiries Network, Up to Date, and the North Carolina Health Quality Alliance.
ABFM is the second largest medical specialty board in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care available to the public; establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine; improving the standards of medical education for training in Family Medicine; and determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in Family Medicine who apply for and hold certificates.
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