San Francisco – Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician who practices in Long Beach, this week begins a one-year term as president of the more than 9,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). In this role, Dr. Lee will champion the importance of primary and preventive care in making Californians healthier and shaping the future of the state’s health care system. Solving the shortage of primary care physicians and improving patients’ access to care are chief areas of focus for Dr. Lee and other CAFP leaders.
As CAFP president, he will help set the Academy’s health policy priorities; work with colleagues, educators, lawmakers and others to address the primary care physician shortage; serve as statewide and national media spokesperson on family medicine issues; and advocate for patients’ timely access to excellent primary care.
“Family physicians are the cornerstone of the state’s health care system,” Dr. Lee said. “We partner with patients to help them stay as healthy as possible and, at the statewide level, we lead efforts to protect vulnerable populations. As patient advocates, our work ranges from counseling diabetic patients on ways to control blood sugar levels, to transforming our health care delivery system to improve patient care coordination, to championing public health legislation to reduce chronic illness, improve vaccination rates and ensure access to care for all Californians.”
A robust system of primary care is essential to the well-being of the people of California, he said. “Family medicine is high touch and high tech,” he explained. “In 2015 we have more opportunities than ever to redesign health care to be more efficient, more effective and less costly. In our exam rooms, health care systems, public health forums and the Legislature, I look forward to leading our state’s family physicians in improving Californians’ health.”
In addition to his work as a practicing family physician, Dr. Lee is associate medical director of practice transformation at MemorialCare Medical Foundation and a faculty member at the Long Beach Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University, his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University with an emphasis in health policy and management. Dr. Lee also is a graduate of the California Health Care Foundation Health Care Leadership Program. For a full profile of Dr. Lee and his work, see http://www.familydocs.org/cafp-interview-dr-jayw-lee.
About the California Academy of Family Physicians:
With more than 9,000 members, including active practicing family physicians, residents in family medicine, and medical students interested in the specialty, CAFP is the largest primary care medical society in California. Family physicians are trained to treat an entire family’s medical needs, addressing the whole spectrum of life’s medical challenges. FPs serve a broad base of patients in urban, suburban and rural areas, often in California’s most underserved areas.