Walter J. "Jack" Stelmach, MD
Within the Academy, Dr. Stelmach has served in a variety of positions, including stints as president of the Kansas City Academy of Family Physicians (1965-1966), President of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (1973-1974), Chairman of the AAFP Commission on Education (1974-1976), Member and later Chairman of the AAFP Board of Directors (1974-1977), and President of the AAFP (1978-1979). He also served as President of the Family Health Foundation of America (now the AAFP Foundation) (1980-1986), and American Board of Family Practice (now the ABFM) (1983-1984).
The Stelmach Collection held in the Center for the History of Family Medicine consists of 17 volumes relating to Dr. Stelmach's career and service in Family Medicine, and includes photographs, letters and other material, all arranged chronologically.
Dr. Stelmach was also featured in the AAFP Foundation 50th Anniversary video in 2008. He epitomized the family physician leader and will long be remembered for his positive impact on family medicine and the communities in which he served.
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