Congratulations to Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP who was officially named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Kansas City.

Dr. Vail is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. Dr. Vail graduated and received her residency training from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. She later completed a fellowship in Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and a fellowship at the AAFP National Institute for Program Director Development, Leawood, Kansas.

Her clinical practice includes procedures and maternity and inpatient care, and she teaches students in all four years of medical school, nurse practitioner students, and residents during all of these clinical activities. She is also an active didactic teacher in the schools of medicine and nursing and in the residency program. Dr. Vail is Medical Director for Community Living Opportunities, a residential facility for developmentally disabled adults, and participates in oversight for the Kansas Department of Corrections and for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability.

She is a core lecturer for several CME programs for the American Academy of Family Physicians, was the director of the National Board Review Course for 15 years, and continues to present in the AAFP Board Review Express course.  A member of AOA, the Gold Humanism Society, and the Delp Society, her awards include the Rainbow Award for Heroes in Medicine, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award, The Nason Family Award for Excellence in Teaching in Family Medicine, and the University of Kansas Bohan Award for Teaching.

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