The American Academy of Family Physicians has elected its first woman president-elect, Mary Frank, M.D., at its annual meeting, now going on in New Orleans, according to the California Academy of Family Physicians.
Frank, a resident of Mill Valley, Calif., will assume the AAFP presidency next year.
Meanwhile, the AAFP re-elected Carolyn Lopez, M.D., of Chicago, as speaker of its governing body, the Congress of Delegates, the AAFP says in a release.
Frank is facility medical director at Primary Care Associates in Rohnert Park, Calif., and is on staff at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial Hospital, according to a release Thursday from the California academy.
Frank has chaired California's Commission on Legislation and Government Affairs, helped to craft AAFP legislative policy and traveled to Washington to meet with officials there, the academy says.
According to the AMA, Frank received her M.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hersey and completed her training at Medical University of South Carolina.
"We are entering a new frontier for our specialty and for health care for Americans," Frank says in the California academy's release. "Our progress should have one measure--is it what we would want for our family--our children, our colleagues, our patients?"
Lopez is chair of the department of family practice at John Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital) in Chicago, and is associate professor in the Rush Medical College Department of Family Medicine, the AAFP says.
Lopez received her medical degree from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in 1978 and completed a family practice residency at Rush-Christ Family Practice in Chicago, the AAFP says.