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Dr. Warren Newton Dr. Warren Newton

President and CEO, ABFM


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has selected Warren Newton, MD, MPH as its next President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Newton will serve in the position of President and CEO Elect beginning July 1, 2018 until Dr. James C. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. On January 1, 2019, Dr. Newton will serve in full capacity as the President and CEO of ABFM.

Dr. Newton is currently Executive Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (NC AHEC), a national leader in practice redesign, continuing professional development, health careers programming, and innovation in graduate medical education, and Vice Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC). Previously, he served as the William B. Aycock Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at UNC.

During Newton’s tenure at UNC, he founded the first hospitalist program at UNC Hospitals and helped reorganize family medicine obstetrics into a maternal child service. Over the past 15 years, he has led practice transformation initiatives at the practice, regional and statewide levels. Dr. Newton’s scholarship has focused on the organization and effectiveness of health care; he has over 140 peer reviewed publications, and has been principal investigator on grants totaling more than $45,000,000.

Continuously board certified in family medicine since 1987, Dr. Newton served on the ABFM Board of Directors, including a term as Board Chair. He currently serves as a Director on the ABFM Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Newton also works with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), where he serves as a member of the ABMS Committee on Continuing Certification, including a term as one if its first chairs. Additional national roles in which Dr. Newton has served include President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine and Founding Chair of the Council of Academic Family Medicine. He is currently a member of the Liaison Committee of Medical Education and represents the ABFM at the National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.

Dr. Newton graduated from Yale University in 1980 and Northwestern Medical School in 1984. After residency at the University of North Carolina, he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and an MPH at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. In 2012-13, he was selected as a Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Bishop Fellow, during which he also completed the American Council of Education Fellow’s program.

Denise Gaffney and Jamie Sands led this search with Joseph Keller and Andrew Theobald.

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