Houston FP named AAFP executive of the year
Clive Fields, MD, of Houston won AAFP’s Robert Graham Physician Executive of the Year Award at this year’s Family Medicine Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana. The award recognizes Fields as a visionary physician executive who has made significant contributions to the specialty of family medicine, promoting higher-quality, cost-effective care in communities across the U.S.
“Dr. Fields’ tireless efforts have demonstrated that family physicians can — and should — lead the fundamental changes that are needed in our nation’s health care system,” said Michael Munger, MD, AAFP Board Chair. “He has truly made a difference in his community and beyond, and he has set a high standard as a family physician leader.”
Fields is currently president of Village Family Practice, a Houston-based, multi-site practice with a team of more than 50 family physicians and other providers. He has been spearheading value-based care at Village Family Practice since the early 1990s.
Village Family Practice is recognized as one of the nation’s highest performing groups by CMS for its quality of care. It is also recognized as an NCQA Level 3 medical home.
In 2013, Fields parlayed his expertise as both a clinician and physician executive and co-founded VillageMD. This organization provides data analytics, physician-based care coordination and support services to more than 2,500 primary care physician partners across six states. VillageMD also provides family physicians access to value-based reimbursement contracts that reward physicians for delivering high-quality, cost-effective care.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the AAFP as the recipient of this year’s Physician Executive of the Year Award. It is personally humbling to be recognized for my work, but even more importantly, I am proud to be part of the increasing impact primary care physicians are having on our health care system, and one of the many physicians who believe that primary care is the most effective place for health care innovation, driving improved clinical outcomes and health care affordability,” he said.
Fields has successfully navigated the ever-changing payment models, from HMO-capitated fees, to fee-for-service, to value-based payments. He played a major role in the creation of the Accountable Care Coalition of Texas and continues to serve on its board of directors.
Fields has changed the way health care is delivered in the Houston area. He has served as a mentor to countless family physicians and continues to precept medical students. He has worked across the health care system to bring primary care to the forefront of heath care and inspire future generations of family physicians.
Ferrer elected to National Academy of Medicine
Robert l. Ferrer, MD, MPH, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, the academy announced on October 15, 2018. NAM recognized Ferrer for his work in community health. He is the eighth faculty member in UT Health San Antonio history to attain this distinction, according to the university.
“I’m honored and delighted to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine,” Ferrer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to national policy discussions with insights derived from work in primary care and public health in our San Antonio community. I owe a great deal to my many talented colleagues and the stimulating environment at UT Health San Antonio.”
Ferrer focuses on understanding and measuring practical opportunities for healthy behaviors to improve health and well-being in vulnerable populations, according to a UT Health San Antonio statement. He applies an analytical framework that explores the practical opportunities and capabilities people have to achieve the goals they value.
“Primarily, interventions have focused on increasing individuals’ knowledge, motivation, and self-efficacy,” Ferrer said in a paper published in the Annals of Family Medicine in 2014. “Much evidence shows, however, that success will be limited if social and environmental contexts are not accounted for. … The challenge is to understand how to help a specific patient succeed in a specific environment.”
The National Academy of Medicine serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an independent adviser to the nation and the international community. Membership in the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.
Ferrer is a practicing family physician in UT Health San Antonio’s Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. He is active in community health initiatives, serving as chair of the leadership team for San Antonio’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also a board member of the Bexar County Health Collaborative, serving as board chair for 2016 and 2017.
“We are very proud of this recognition,” said Carlos Roberto Jaén, MD, PhD, professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the Long School of Medicine. “Dr. Ferrer, through partnership with multiple community groups, models for us the healing and empowering functions of primary health care, bringing together family medicine and public health. He is an excellent personal physician and a grounded leader in community health at the school of medicine.”
Chassay honored as distinguished alumnus
Mark Chassay, MD, MBA, won the Distinguished Alumnus Award of McGovern Medical School. Established in 1987, the award recognizes outstanding contributions of alumni in the areas of medical science and education, or the prevention and treatment of diseases, as well as continued interests in McGovern Medical School and its students.
Chassay is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also serves as the associate dean for Alumni Relations and Continuing Medical Education and assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. Chassay received his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin and attended McGovern Medical School, where he also completed his Family Medicine residency. He completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California. Chassay holds master’s degrees in education, kinesiology and sports medicine from the University of Texas at Austin and completed the Healthcare Executive Master of Business Administration program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.
Chassay has been involved in numerous professional organizations and sports programs, serving as a team physician for California State University, Riverside Community College, and Arlington High School from 1995 to 1996. He served as team physician and coordinator of sports medicine for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women for UT Austin until 2005 and served as a clinical assistant professor at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the team medical physician for the Austin Wranglers, an Arena Football League team, and is currently a team physician in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin. At McGovern Medical School, he established a Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship.
Chassay has held positions with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, and TAFP.
“His years of private practice experience helped him to rapidly become one of the most effective faculty at McGovern Medical School,” one of his nominators wrote. “His involvement with alumni as associate dean of Alumni Relations and with recruiting future physicians as assistant dean for Admissions and Student Affairs will continue to bring prestige.”