Medical faculty member appointed to AAFP commission
Kaparaboyna Ashok Kumar, M.D., FRCS, has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Health of the Public and Science. Dr. Kumar is vice chair of medical student education and clerkship director in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family & Community Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
He has worked in a variety of professional settings, including solo practice and as residency faculty.
On the commission, Dr. Kumar will work with AAFP staff and other family physicians from around the country to develop and review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines; develop recommendations for clinical preventive services including immunizations; review policies on tobacco, exercise and obesity; represent AAFP with federal, medical specialty, voluntary health and other organizations; and serve on advisory committees for academy programs.
“This service on the national level parallels the Health Science Center’s mission to make people’s lives better, and that’s also my passion as a teacher and family physician,” Dr. Kumar said. “My ultimate purpose on the commission is to help advance initiatives that will improve the health of individuals and the public as a whole. Family physicians are uniquely trained to focus on the whole person and his or her place within the community. It’s this relationship that provides me and my family-physician colleagues with a broad perspective regarding public health.”
Longtime service in state and national organizations
Dr. Kumar has been actively involved in the TAFP and AAFP for more than a decade, including president of the TAFP in 2009. He has served as a representative of special constituencies, a group that speaks on behalf of minorities, international medical graduates (IMG), women, GLBT physicians and new physicians. As an IMG, Dr. Kumar served as the special constituency representative on the TAFP Executive Committee and on the TAFP Board of Directors. He served in 2001 as the first IMG delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and in 2009-2010 as chair of the Commission on Membership and Member Services.
Dr. Kumar is recognized as an outstanding teacher in family medicine. He has received many teaching awards from students, residents and faculty at the Health Science Center, including a 2010 Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2006, he received the TAFP Exemplary Teaching Award for his dedication to medical education in Texas.
Dr. Kumar received his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. He completed a surgical residency at St. James University Hospital, England, and a family medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Dr. Kumar was also elected to the fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, U.K.
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