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John S. Cullen, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Valdez, Alaska, is president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. The AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. As AAFP president-elect, Cullen advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.

Cullen has practiced the full scope of family medicine in a rural community of 4,000 people in Alaska for the past 21 years. Cullen works in a small group practice and is director of emergency medical services at Providence Valdez Medical Center.

He has been actively involved in residency and medical student teaching for more than 18 years, providing comprehensive training in rural health care. He is an associate clinical professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

From 2007 to 2013, Cullen served on the Alaska State Medical Board. During this time, he also served on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He has visited several states to evaluate their rural health care systems and critical access hospitals.

A member of the AAFP since 1994, Cullen has served on numerous commissions and committees, including the Committee on Awards, the Commission on Government and Advocacy, the Commission on Chapter Affairs and the Commission on Member Services. Prior to his election to the board, he served as both delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. Cullen has also served on the AAFP’s Working Group on Rural Health and the AAFP’s task force on emergency medicine. He is the co-author of the AAFP’s position paper on emergency medicine entitled, “Critical Challenges for Family Medicine: Delivering Emergency Medical Care – ‘Equipping Family Physicians for the 21st Century.’”

At the state level, Cullen is an active member of the Alaska Academy of Family Physicians. He has held numerous leadership positions, including president and president-elect.

Throughout his career, Cullen has received several awards. In 2010, he was a finalist for the AAFP’s Family Physician of the Year award. He received the Alaska AFP’s Family Physician of the Year award in 2008.

Cullen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson. Cullen completed his residency at the Stanislaus Family Medicine Residency Program in Modesto, California, in 1994. Cullen is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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