Pulliam Named 2014 Family Physician of the Year

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June 20, 2014 –  Higginsville Physician Named MAFP Family Physician of the Year

The Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) presented David Pulliam, DO, of Higginsville, Missouri, with the 2014 Family Physician of the Year Award at the Academy’s 66th Annual Scientific Assembly held June 6-7, 2014 in Lake Ozark, Missouri.  Dr. Pulliam was chosen as the award recipient by a committee of family physicians from nominations made by patients, community members, and fellow physicians.

Dr. Pulliam served in the United States Air Force where he held the rank of Major and was chief of the family practice department, deputy chief of hospital services, and officer in charge of aerospace medicine. He has taught medical and nursing students and has been a family medicine clinical preceptor at University of Missouri in Columbia and Kansas City, University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Central Missouri School of Nursing. Dr. Pulliam is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, is ABFM certified in family medicine, and is an AAFP Fellow.

Dr. Pulliam is involved in many local, state, and national organizations including the National Center for Fathering, board member of the Tri-County Community Foundation, past service as a Higginsville City Council member, and Higginsville Chamber of Commerce member. In addition, he volunteers in local conservation organizations, participates in 5K and other races to benefit local groups, is team physician for Lafayette County C-1 schools, and has held various leadership positions in his church.

Dr. Pulliam practices at Family Practice Associates of West Central Missouri with clinics in Higginsville and Warrensburg and resides near Corder, Missouri with his wife, Vickie. They have four children, Gina and her husband Wade, Ashley and her husband Lance, Alison and her husband Adam, and Camden and his wife Mallory; and seven grandchildren. He has been a member of MAFP since 1983.

About the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)
Founded in 1947, the MAFP is a non-profit professional medical society of more than 2,000 physicians, residents and medical students across the state.  Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is nearly 214 million office visits each year — nearly 74 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Headquartered in Jefferson City, the MAFP is dedicated to optimizing the health of patients, families, and communities of Missouri through patient care, advocacy, education, and research.  The MAFP is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), representing 115,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.  It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.