Members in the News

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The WAFP would like to congratulate David Gaus, MD, MPH, TM for receiving the 2016 AAFP Humanitarian Award. This award, reserved for AAFP members only, honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts within the United States and abroad. 


The WAFP would like to congratulate Rich Roberts, MD, JD, FAAFP for receiving the 2016 AAFP Award for Distinguished and Meritorious Service to Family Medicine. This revamped award combines four previous awards (the Award of Merit, Distinguised Service Award, Executive Service Award, and the Outstanding Service Award) to recognize AAFP members, non-members, chapter executives with 25 or more years of service, and entities for long-time dedication to advancing, contributing, and supporting the AAFP and the specialty of family medicine. Congratulations on this great honor!

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The WAFP would like to congratulate John Beasley, MD, FAAFP for receiving the 2016 American Academy of Family Physicians Thomas W. Johnson Award for Career Contributions to Family Medicine Education. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine education in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education spheres and is the highest honor presented by the AAFP. Congratulations Dr. Beasley!

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The WAFP would like to congratulate Cynthia Haq, MD for receiving the American Academy of Family Physicians' 2016 Exemplary Teaching Awards Full-Time Teaching Award. This award was developed to acknowledge exemplary teaching skills, as well as outstanding educational program implementation and/or innovative teaching models. Dr. Haq is commended for her work as an innovator and leader in medical education, particularly in the areas of community health and global health. Congratulations Dr. Haq!

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The WAFP would like to congratulate Patricia Tellez-Giron, MD for receiving the American Academy of Family Physicians' 2016 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for Practicing Doctors. This award was developed to acknowledge a physician who demonstrates the ideals of compassion and respectful care for a patient's physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Tellez-Giron has been a compelling advocate for culturally sensitive health care, being instrumental in creating a welcoming medical home for Spanish-speaking patients, and contributing to her community as chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County. Dr. Tellez-Giron is known among her colleagues as a compassionate and effective clinician, taking the time to truly understand her patients and their life circumstances. Congratulations Dr. Tellez-Giron!

Nick Turkal 2016

The WAFP would like to congratulate Nick Turkal, MD, FAAFP for receiving the 2016 American Academy of Family Physicians 2016 Robert Graham Family Physician Executive Award. The awards recognizes an AAFP member whose executive skills in health care organizations have contributed to excellence in the provision of quality health care, and demonstrated that family physicians can have an impact on improving the overall health of the nation. Dr. Turkal has been highly effective in his role as chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care for over a decade. In that time he has been highly effective in eliminating wasteful spending and investing in programs to increase health care quality and access. Dr. Turkal is known among his colleagues as an excellent listener and communicator, a generous collaborator, and a tireless champion for innovations in health care and medical education. Congratulations on this great honor.

Joanna Bisgrove 2015

The WAFP would like to congratulate Joanna Bisgrove, MD, FAAFP on her appointment to the AAFP Delegation to the AMA. This is a two-year appointment from December 15, 2015 - December 14, 2017. Members of the AMA House of Delegates serve as an important communication, policy, and membership link between the AMA and grassroots physicians. The AMA delegate/alternate delegate is a key source of information on activities, programs, and policies of the AMA.


The WAFP would like to congratulate David Olson, MD, FAAFP on his appointment to the AAFP Commission on Continuing Professional Development. The term of service is from December 15, 2015 - December 14, 2019. The Commission on Continuing Professional Development works directly to support the AAFP's Strategic Objective on Education by supporting the lifelong learning of family physicians and other healthcare professionals. The goals of the commission are to guide the AAFP's accreditation and provision of continuing medical education that helps learners demonstrate continuous improvement in knowledge, competence, practice performance, and patient outcomes, as well as fulfill the educational requirements for licensure and certification.


The WAFP would like to congratulate Andrea Gavin, MD on her appointment to the AAFP Commission on Governmental Advocacy. The term of service is from December 15, 2015 - December 14, 2019. The Commission on Governmental Advocacy informs and guides the Academy's federal advocacy program and the AAFP's support for constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts before state governments.

Gavin Congratulations to Dr. Tom Peterson on receiving the first ever Thomas H. Peterson Recognition of Service Award. pdfClick here for more details.


The WAFP would like to congratulate our board member, Dr. Katie Tsigonis on being named one of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Emerging Leaders Fellows for 2015 - 2016. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship is designed specifically for family medicine educators and offers training, tools, and support for physicians transitioning into leadership roles. You can learn more about the fellowship here.

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WAFP President Mark Thompson, MD was recently quoted in an article in the March 3rd edition of the Wisconsin Health News newsletter. Dr. Thompson addressed the issue of the state of Wisconsin opting not to extend the medicaid reimbursement hike for primary care doctors provided under the federal health reform law the past two years. You can subscribe to the newsletter and read the article featuring Dr. Thompson on the Wisconsin Health News website. 


Governor Scott Walker today appointed WAFP past President and WI's AAFP Delegate, Dr. Alan Schwartzstein,  to the Public Health Council. Created in 2003 by Wisconsin Act 186, the Council's primary function is to advise the Department of Health Services, Governor, Legislature, and the public on the progress of the state's public health plan, as well as to coordinate a response to public health emergencies. Read the full press release

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Dr. Brad Meyers of Jefferson was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the WI Air National Guard. Having served on active duty with the United States Air Force in the 1980s, Meyers joined the 115th Medical Group, based at Truax Field in Madison in Jan. 2011.

A member of the Wisconsin CERF-P, Meyers is the officer- in-charge of the Green Tent. CERF-P is the acronym for CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package. The CBRNE signifies “chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive.” There are 17 CERF-P units in the United States. These multi-service (Army and Air Guard) organizations may be tasked by the Governor to assist in specialized disaster response missions, particularly those requiring decontamination and mass casualty initial emergency treatment. Staffing includes physicians, nurses, physician assistants, health care administrators and highly trained med techs working hand in hand with Army search and extraction and decontamination teams in a highly mobile response force. Meyers has received training in advanced cardiac and advanced trauma life support, pediatric advanced life support and has spent a two week rotation with the C-STARS course working with the trauma team at St. Louis University, a Level 1 Trauma Center. The CERF-P exercises as a unit a couple of times a year in a deployed mode.

In addition to his duties with the CERF-P, Meyers medically supports the 115th Tactical Fighter Wing as a Flight Surgeon. “Working with such highly skilled professionals as our pilots, aircrew, and medical personnel is a privilege and a pleasure,” says Meyers, who is a traditional Guardsman.

Meyers is a practicing Family Physician at Dean Clinic East on Stoughton Road in Madison. He is also active in the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians where he serves as the current President. Meyers and his wife, Gretchen Geist, live in rural Jefferson Township.


WAFP member, Alan K. David, MD of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been elected to Treasurer of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

Dr. David is the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He previously served as the family medicine department chair at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Kentucky. Dr. David currently serves as the Chair of the Residency Education Committee for the ADFM. He has also served as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.

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Shanyn Lancaster, M.D., a board-certified family physician who specializes in sports medicine, has been appointed to the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health.

Lancaster serves as the assistant director of Student Health Services and team physician for intercollegiate activities at Marquette University. Prior to joining Marquette, she was in practice with Aurora Advanced Healthcare. She received her medical education from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her residency training at Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency. She serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians.


Rich Roberts, MD, JD, FAAFP, FCLM, President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (Wonca) and professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, was awarded the 2012 John G. Walsh Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Established in 1973, the John G. Walsh Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the AAFP. Designed to recognize long-term commitment, rather than any single significant contribution, the Walsh Award is given on the basis of dedicated, effective leadership toward furthering the development of family medicine.

Roberts is past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and its Foundation, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, and the Wisconsin Medical Society. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a family practice residency at UCLA-Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center. Since 1987, Roberts has practiced as a family doctor in Belleville, Wisconsin, a rural community of 1900 people.

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The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board formed a committee to create guidelines for disciplining doctors like those used in North Carolina and Ohio, states that rank much higher than Wisconsin in rates of serious discipline.

WAFP member and former member of WAFP's Board of Directors, Dr. Rodney Erickson, is currently serving the Medical Examining Board. Dr. Erickson was appointed in February and received a unanimous re-appointment vote in the State Senate later.


Dr. Barbara Hummel, the Wisconsin Medical Society's Board Vice Chair, has been appointed to a three-year term on the AMA's Senior Physicians Group Governing Council. The council meets at the AMA annual and interim meetings and plays an important role in supporting senior physicians.

Dr. Hummel is a family physician in private practice in West Allis. She has been a member of the Medical Society's Board of Directors since 2007, is an alternate delegate to the AMA and is a past president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.


Dr. Byron Crouse has been awarded AAFP’s prestigious Thomas W. Johnson award for 2011! The award recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine education, an honor Dr. Crouse richly deserves for his continuous support of family medicine students over his thirty-year career.

Dr. Crouse’s passion for rural family medicine and his students is evident in his many innovative educational programs, including his development of the interdisciplinary Minnesota Rural Health School as well as the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine at UW—Madison. Both programs are well known for the impressive number of students who go on to careers in rural family medicine. Dr. Crouse was previously recognized for his influence as a teacher when he was named 2008 Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the WAFP.{flv popup="true" divid="mypopup4"}crouse{/flv}{avrpopup type="lightbox" id="mypopup4"} Click here {/avrpopup}to watch his video and learn more about his inspiring work as a family medicine educator.

Watch Dr. Crouse's acceptance speech.


WAFP Member, Dr. Thomas  Willet has been recognized in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for  bringing affordable health care to the community by cutting back on office costs, and in turn, passing the savings on to the patients. Using this system, has not changed his income.  Furthermore, he has met with local government to propose implementation of a pilot Medicaid program for the state.  He estimates this program could save his county over half a million dollars. Read the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article.


Congratulations to WAFP resident member Robert Jeske, MD on his appointment to AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science (CHPS).  Dr. Jeske’s enthusiasm, passion and commitment to family medicine make him the ideal choice for this position. Locally, Dr. Jeske has been involved in health care projects in the LaCrosse community and has been active in the LaCrosse-Mayo family residency program. He has helped recruit students to the program and has been involved in community outreach efforts. At the state level, Dr. Jeske is active in the WAFP and the WI Medical Society. At the national level, he has served on two AAFP commissions: Quality and Practice and Governmental Advocacy. Dr. Jeske was also the recipient of the 2011 Rich Roberts Future Leader Award.

As a key member of the AAFP Commission on Health of the Public and Science, Dr. Jeske will be working with other committee members on policy development for public health issues and review of clinical practice guidelines. Additionally, this commission will make recommendations for clinical preventative services, promote usage of new scientific and practice knowledge as well as work to address issues of cultural proficiency and disparities in health and care.

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