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Dr. Reid Blackwelder, newly named president-elect of the AAFP

AAFP names Blackwelder president-elect

By Christine LaFave Grace
Posted: October 18, 2012 - 12:15 pm ET

The American Academy of Family Physicians named Dr. Reid Blackwelder president-elect of the Leawood, Kan.-based organization, which represents more than 105,000 physicians and medical students.

Blackwelder is director of the medical student education division for the family-medicine department at East Tennessee State University's James H. Quillen College of Medicine, according to an AAFP news release. He also is a professor of family medicine. He has been an AAFP member since 1980 and in 2008 won the AAFP's Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, according to the release.

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Blackwelder was elected by the AAFP's Congress of Delegates at the group's annual meeting in Philadelphia this week. He will take over as AAFP president in 2013, succeeding Denver-based family physician Dr. Jeffrey Cain, who assumed his role as president this week. Dr. Glen Stream, immediate past president of the AAFP, is now the academy's board chair.

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