PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
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June 20, 2013 – Fish to Lead Family Physicians

William Fish, MD, FAAFP, of Liberty, Missouri, was installed as the 65th President of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) during the Awards and Installation Dinner in conjunction with MAFP’s Annual Meeting in Lake Ozark, Missouri, on June 8, 2013. Serving as President last year, Kate Lichtenberg, DO, MPH, FAAFP, Kirkwood, Missouri, subsequently became Board Chair of the family medicine group.  Other officers include President-elect Daniel Purdom, MD, FAAFP, of Liberty; Vice President Peter Koopman, MD, of Columbia; and Secretary-Treasurer Tracy Godfrey, MD, of Joplin.

Dr. Fish attended medical school at University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and completed his residency at Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Fish was one of the founders of The Liberty Clinic in 1984 where he continues to practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. He resides in Liberty with his wife, Mary Beth. They have three children.  Dr. Fish has been a member of the MAFP since 1984 and served as MAFP Advocacy Commission Chair from 2008-2011.

About the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP)

Founded in 1947, the MAFP is a non-profit professional medical society of more than 1,900 physicians, residents and medical students across the state.  Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 228 million office visits each year — nearly 84 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 AAFP, one of the largest national medical organizations, representing 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide.  It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. The AAFP is headquartered in Leawood, Kansas.