Dean Clinic Physician Receives National Appointment
Dr. Alan Schwartzstein, who practices Family Medicine at Dean Clinic, will serve as the 2012-2013 Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Health of the Public/Science. He has served on the commission since 2007. He is also the current Board Chair of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians. Schwartzstein was appointed to the AAFP position at the commission's recent meeting in Philadelphia.
Schwartzstein has served on numerous local, state and national committees to advance issues and policies relating to public health, health care reform, childhood and adult obesity, end-of-life care and more. He chaired the Board of Health for Madison and Dane County during the
successful effort to merge the city and county public health agencies in the mid-2000s. He is the recipient of community service awards from Dean, local government, United Way of Dane County and other organizations.
Schwartzstein is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Wisconsin Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine. He completed his medical degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and family medicine residency at Brown University Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The strategic focus of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public/Science is to develop and review evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, recommendations for clinical preventive services including immunizations and health of the public policies, including tobacco, exercise and obesity. Members also represent the AAFP to federal, medical specialty, voluntary health and other organizations.
The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians was established in 1948 to promote and maintain high professional and ethical standards in the practice of Family Medicine, to encourage young people to prepare for active careers in Family Medicine and to help provide continuing education to family physicians. Family physicians provide continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. Their scope of practice encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity.