Van Winkle launches website for AAFP President-Elect campaign

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Van Winkle launches website for AAFP President-Elect campaign

At the close of last year’s AAFP Congress of Delegates, TAFP’s Lloyd Van Winkle, MD, announced his intention to run for AAFP President-Elect this year. Now an official candidate, he recently launched his campaign website,, complete with a blog chronicling his daily life as a rural family doc in Castroville, Texas.  

Van Winkle has practiced family medicine in Castroville for almost 30 years. He is the medical director and CEO of United Physicians of San Antonio ACO. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and he holds the position of health officer for Castroville and La Coste. He served as medical director of the Medina Valley Emergency Medical Service for more than 25 years. He is an aviation medical examiner and a quality reviewer for Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute, and he provides expert testimony for Texas Medical Liability Trust, defending family physicians in medical malpractice litigation.

A member of the AAFP since 1985, Van Winkle has served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates for 10 years. He is currently in his last year of a three-year term on the AAFP Board of Directors, and has previously served on the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services, and as chair of the AAFP Committee on Communications and the Subcommittee on Awards.

Van Winkle served as president of TAFP in 2000 and 2001, and served on numerous committees and commissions over the years. He also served as chair of TAFP’s Political Action Committee Board of Directors for many years.

An active member of his community, Van Winkle sponsors children’s baseball, soccer, and basketball teams, and he serves as a volunteer physician at the annual marathon in San Antonio. He has provided free care for many patients at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Texas, where he now serves as a part-time attending physician. Van Winkle also has precepted medical students in his office for more than 20 years, mentoring the next generation of family physicians.

For more information about Van Winkle, visit his official AAFP biography website at Support Van Winkle’s campaign on social media with the hashtag #LloydForAAFP.