Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine: Past Fellows


Richard D. Feldman, MD, Indianapolis, Indiana
Project: Family Practice Stories, a collection of stories told by and about Indiana family doctors practicing in the mid-twentieth century. It was published in 2013 by the Indiana Historical Society Press.
See excerpts(33 page PDF). (Excerpted from Richard D. Feldman, MD, Family Practice Stories: Memories, Reflections, and Stories of Hoosier Family Doctors of the Mid-twentieth Century (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Press, 2013). Excerpts provided courtesy of The Indiana Historical Society Press.)

2012 (Joint Fellows)

Rick Flinders, MD, Rohnert Park, California
Project: "The Santa Rosa Story: A Local Chapter in the Nation's History of Family Medicine," a study in the history and development of the Santa Rosa Residency Program in Santa Rosa, California, within the larger context of the history and evolution of the specialty.

Robin S. Gotler, MA, Richfield, Minnesota
Project: "The Roots of Family Practice Research," a study of what shaped the priority given to research as the specialty of family practice was established and in its early years.


Constance E. Putnam, PhD, Concord, Massachusetts
Project: "Rural General Practice as Forerunner of Today's Family Practice," a study of the life and career of a general practitioner (GP) from northern New England based on his personal letters and papers from the mid-twentieth century.


William B. Ventres, MD, MA, San Salvador, El Salvador
Project: "Voices From Family Medicine," an educational mini-documentary with companion essay focusing on what it means to be a family physician, and the historical context behind that meaning. 

See educational mini-documentary(vimeo.com) and essay(298 KB PDF). (Essay reprinted with permission of Family Medicine)


John J. Frey III, MD, Santa Fe, New Mexico/Madison, Wisconsin
Project: "Taking Care of Neighbors: A Social History of General Practice and Family Medicine in the 20th Century," a study to describe the social and community context of general practice from the mid-twentieth century until the end of the century.

2016 (Joint Fellows)

David Charles Henderson, MD, Rockford, Michigan
Project: “Where did the Family Go? Revitalizing Family-Centered Care in Family Medicine,” a study to update Dr. Roy Gerard’s 1998 work The Conscience of Medicine: A History of Family Practice in Michigan by including Dr. Gerard’s own life story as a family physician and by incorporating the thoughts and philosophies of his contemporaries.

Kent J. Sheets, PhD, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Project: “The Early History of Academic Departments of Family Medicine: Common Themes," a project to study the history of the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine,as well as themes linking what he’s learning about his own department to the development of other academic departments across the country at roughly the same period of time.

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