Dr. Russell Maier Assumes Presidency of WAFP

Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP, of Yakima, has been elected president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP).

Dr. Russell Maier Assumes Presidency of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians

Maier, Russell Color.jpgBELLEVUE, Wash.—Russell Maier, MD, FAAFP, of Yakima, has been elected president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP). He assumed the role on May 10, 2019, at the WAFP Annual Scientific Assembly at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho.

Dr. Maier has a long history of involvement and dedication to the specialty of family medicine and looks forward to leading the Academy in its mission to advance and support family physicians in providing optimal health care for all people in Washington state.

“Dr. Maier’s election as president of WAFP underscores his decades of dedicated contributions to the Academy, and to family medicine in Washington and the Pacific Northwest,” said Dr. Thomas Scandalis, Dean of PNWU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. "His leadership in family medicine on a local, state, and national level has prepared him well for his presidency.”

A longstanding member of the WAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Maier has previously served as chair of the WAFP’s Pipeline Committee, which aims to guide medical students into a career in family medicine. Since 2015, he has been part of the WAFP’s four-member delegation to the Congress of Delegates, which sets policy for the AAFP.

He has also served in numerous capacities for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). Dr. Maier is a former member of the board of directors, the founding chair of the organization’s Committee on Oral Health (on which he still serves), and a past chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. He has authored several research articles; led workshops locally, regionally and nationally; and presented at The Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Maier earned his bachelor’s at Carleton College in Minnesota and his doctorate at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His residency training also took place at the University of Washington, where he was chief resident during his final year.

He currently serves as the physician advisor to the Dean of the College of Medicine of Pacific Northwest University, an osteopathic medical school in Yakima. Prior to that role, Dr. Maier had worked at the Central Washington Family Medicine Residency Program, joining as a faculty member in 1993 and assuming the residency director position in 2005. He also continues to serve as clinical faculty in family medicine for the University of Washington School of Medicine.

In 2011, Dr. Maier was awarded WAFP’s Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. Among his other accolades are the STFM’s Innovative Program Award (2006) and the STFM President’s Award (2018).

Dr. Maier lives in Yakima with his wife, Dr. Sara Cate. They have three children.


About the Washington Academy of Family Physicians

With more than 3,800 members, the WAFP is the largest medical specialty professional organization in Washington. It is comprised of physicians, residents and medical students who specialize in family medicine. The organization works to influence the development of policy that will provide optimal health for all citizens of Washington state.

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