Franciscan Health Family Medicine Director Emeritus In Indianapolis To Chair National Commission
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Richard Feldman, MD, has been appointed to serve as chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) Commission on Education.
Dr. Feldman will serve a one-year term beginning December 2018. In that role, he will lead efforts to develop relevant policy and the dissemination of expertise and new information related to the education and professional development of family medicine residents nationally.
Currently, Dr. Feldman is director of medical education at Franciscan Health Indianapolis. He most recently served as Franciscan Health Family Medicine Residency's Program director for 37 years, the longest tenure ever for a family medicine director nationally. He was the 2014 recipient of the Nikitas J. Zervanos Outstanding Program Director Award, presented by AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
He current serves as associate professor at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine and as a clinical assistant professor of family Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Feldman, whose clinical interests include vaccines and dermatology, is member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
An Indianapolis resident, Dr. Feldman has been involved in professional medical organizations and is a past president of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Feldman received his undergraduate degree at Indiana University where he later earned his medical degree in 1977. He completed his family medicine residency in 1980 at the former St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.
Much of Dr. Feldman's career has been in the arena of public health. He was appointed Indiana State Health Commissioner by the late former Gov. Frank O'Bannon and served from 1997 to 2001. In 2002, he received the National Public Health Award from AAFP and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Public Health Foundation in 2011. Dr. Feldman continues his work in public health and health care policy as an editorial columnist for several Indiana newspapers including the Indianapolis Star.
An avid art collector, his personal interests include golf and Native American studies and religion. He was adopted into the Haida Nation (Alaska and British Columbia) in 1996. His wife, Becky Feldman, MD, is a retired family medicine physician. They are the parents of three grown men.
Dr. Feldman has long had a passion for writing and is an amateur historian, authoring a number of historical articles on medical and non-medical subjects. He also is the author of two books, the latest an oral history, Family Practice Stories: Memories, Reflections and Stories of Hoosier Family Doctors of the Mid-Twentieth Century.
By Joe Stuteville
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