Douglas Henley, MD
Executive Vice President
As EVP, Henley serves the Academy as Chief Executive Officer. He also provides representation for the AAFP to other organizations, including medical, public and private sectors, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the AAFP Foundation, the charitable arm of the Academy. Mike Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services, recently appointed Henley as commissioner of the American Health Information Community, formed to help advance efforts to reach President Bush’s call for most Americans to have electronic health records within 10 years. Henley was also recently chosen to be one of the inaugural commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, created as an impartial panel to certify electronic health records and other health care information technology products. Henley is a founding member of the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Steering Committee, whose mission is to improve health care quality and patient safety.
Henley has been an AAFP physician member and volunteer since 1973. He was on the AAFP Board of Directors from 1991-1997, serving as chair from 1993-1994 and 1996-1997, and as president from 1995-1996.
Prior to assuming the position of EVP, Henley was in private practice for 20 years in his hometown of Hope Mills, North Carolina. He is the first practicing family physician to be named EVP and the first AAFP past president and board chair to serve in that position.
Henley has served on numerous AAFP committees and commissions, including the Commission on Legislation and Governmental Affairs, Commission on Health Care Services, Commission on Public Health and Scientific Activities, Committee on Scientific Program and the Committee on Resident and Student Affairs.
Henley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and the university’s Family Medicine Residency program. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an AAFP Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.
Henley’s many past and present appointments include serving on the editorial boards of Family Practice News and Journal of Family Practice, the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Technology, Insurance and the Health Care System, and the North Carolina Cervical Cancer Task Force. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Douglas Henley, MD
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