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URMC Chair to Lead National Family Medicine Organization

Article / Review by on April 20, 2011 – 11:12 pmNo Comments

URMC Chair to Lead National Family Medicine Organization

Thomas L. Campbell, M.D., the William Rocktaschel Professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, was recently named president-elect of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.

Association members elected Campbell to the position at the organization’s 2011 Winter Meeting in Charleston, S.C. His term extends through 2014. Campbell has previously held the positions of program chair and member-at-large on its Board of Directors.

Campbell is nationally recognized for his work on the role of the family in medical practice and the influence of the family on health. The URMC Department of Family Medicine consists of 30 faculty members, 32 residents and about 120 staff members and was recently ranked No. 19 in the country by US News and World Report. 

The Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM) brings together more than 135 institutions from across the nation, representing more than 2,000 faculty members, 11,000,000 patient visits, and an aggregate budget that exceeds $1 billion. It promotes the philosophy and interests of family medicine in medical schools across the United States to further the efficient and effective administration and operation of academic departments, divisions and sections of family medicine for the benefit of society, faculty, students and institutions, and to support research and scholarship within activities in family medicine in U.S. medical schools.

Thomas L. Campbell, M.D. Bio

> Research Bio

Tom Campbell, MD, fled the biomedical world of Boston and Harvard (BA, 1974 and MD, 1979) and moved west to Rochester for his residency training in Family Medicine. Enamored by the biopsychosocial model and family systems, he received additional training in George Engel’s psychosomatic medicine fellowship and the University of Rochester’s Family Therapy Training Program.

He has written extensively on the relationship between families and health including a research monograph, “Family’s Impact on Health” and two books, Families and Health (with William Doherty, PhD) and Family-Oriented Primary Care: A Manual for Medical Provider (with Susan McDaniel PhD and David Seaburn, MS).
He co-edits Families, Systems, and Health: Journal of Collaborative Family Health Care with Susan McDaniel, PhD. In 2003, he was appointed William Rocktaschel Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Associate Director of the URMC Center for Primary Care.

To escape the chaos, Tom seeks solitude and excitement through biking and cross-country skiing. (The seasons overlap in Rochester).

> Awards & Honors
STFM Patient Care Award for Innovation in Family Medicine Education  1988
Faculty Teacher of the Year (voted by graduating residents)  1987
Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa  1974
Summa Cum Laude (A.B., Harvard College)  1974

 > Education
MD | Medicine | Harvard Medical School 1979
BA | Environmental Health Sci | Harvard University 1974
Family Therapy: Family Therapy Training Program | University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry Attended 1985 – 1987
Fellowship – Division of Behavioral and Psychosocial Medicine | University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry Attended 1982 – 1983
Residency – Family Medicine | University of Rochester/Highland Hospital Attended 1979 – 1982

> Specialties
Hospice and Palliative Medicine – American Board of Hospice & Palliative Care
Family Medicine – American Board of Family Medicine

> Post-Doctoral Training & Residency
Fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office 07/01/1985 – 06/30/1987
Fellowship in Behavioral Psychology at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office 07/01/1982 – 06/30/1983
Residency in Family Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office 07/01/1980 – 06/30/1982
Internship in Family Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office 07/01/1979 – 06/30/1980

 > Current Appointments
Chairman – Department of Family Medicine (SMD) – Primary Administrative
Professor – Department of Family Medicine (SMD) – Primary
Professor – Department of Psychiatry, Behav/Psychosoc Med (SMD)

*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by University of Rochester Medical Center 

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