Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know for one of KAFP’s recognition awards.
The submission deadline of 2021 nominees is Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.
KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:
Kansas Family Physician of the Year This award recognizes a KAFP physician member living and working in Kansas who is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance their community and the quality of life of their patients.
Rising Star Award This is a new award this year! This award recognizes a Kansas physician member who has practiced family medicine for less than 10 years after residency or fellowship training and is a rising star in leadership within their local community and family medicine.
Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time faculty and volunteer faculty) Through these annual awards, KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models.
Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you! Contact KAFP with questions or to confirm a nominee is a member.

The quarterly journal, Kansas Family Physician is now available online. You will soon receive your copy in the mail. Inside you will find:

  • KAFP’s 2021 governance leadership
  • Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winners and Humanitarian Award recipient
  • A special guest for our Member Spotlight
  • 2020 AAFP Board of Directors candidate
  • A fascinating article on climate change and more!

You can view this issue of the Kansas Family Physician along with past issues on the KAFP website — click here.


We continue to update and reorganize KAFP’s COVID-19 resource page on the KAFP website for our members, including most recently a section for “Back to School” resources for your school-age patients and their parents.

Be sure to bookmark the COVID-19 web page to easily find all resources in one location. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19

If you have additional resources that are not included on our resource page, please let us know at info@kafponline.org.


Calling all medical students! You are invited to attend this virtual Kansas Family Medicine Residency Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6:00 p.m. CST, featuring presentations from our four residency programs:

  • Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency
  • KU Family Medicine Residency
  • Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency
  • Wesley Family Medicine Residency

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with each of the residency program’s residents and faculty!

Register today!

KAFP calls all members to volunteer to serve on an active committee or task force for 2020-2021. Through committee involvement you can provide input on Academy activities and help advance the mission of the KAFP.
The following active committees and task forces are seeking volunteers:
  • Communications/Awards Committee
  • Governmental Advocacy Committee
  • Membership & Member Services Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • Governance Restructure Task Force
  • Implicit Bias Training Task Force
  • Rural Health Summit Task Force
You can review the committees/task forces and a short description of their work and apply at: KAFPonline.org/about-us/board-of-directors/committees
Please submit your committee application by July 30 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process. If you have questions, please contact info@kafponline.org. Thank you for your interest and commitment to KAFP.
KAFP’s Government Relations Liaison, Dodie Wellshear has provided a summary of the 2020 legislative session. Access the 2020 Legislative Summary along with Legislative Updates throughout the session here.
Legislation passed included:
  • HB 2016 – Omnibus COVID-19 Response
  • Healthcare Provider Immunity (Section 10)
  • Telemedicine (Section 20)
  • Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities (Section 21)
  • Temporary Emergency License (Section 22)
  • Temporary Licensure Measures for Additional Healthcare Providers (Section 23)
  • Critical Access Hospitals (Section 39)
Legislation not passed included:
  • SB 252 – KanCare Expansion
  • SB 493 – Health Care Stabilization Fund
  • HB 2412 – APRN Expanded Scope of Practice without Collaborative Practice Agreement
  • HB 2563 – Increasing the Age to Purchase or Possess Cigarettes, E-cigarettes, & Tobacco Products
  • HB 2570 – Limiting Certain Opioid Prescriptions to Seven-Day Supply
  • HB 2601 – Restricting Authority of KDHE to Specify School Immunization Requirements
We continue to update the COVID-19 resource page on the KAFP website for our members, including most recently, the educational opportunity: Lessons Learned in Finney County.
Be sure to bookmark the COVID-19 web page to easily find all resources in one location. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19
Don’t forget to tune into AAFP’s valuable CME opportunities:

We have a great lineup of Fam Med Forward 2020 virtual resident presentation speakers and topics available for you to view at https://kafponline.org/virtualcme. You may register for one or multiple of these webinars at no charge! Each webinar is approved for 1.0 AAFP Prescribed credit.

Tues, June 9 at 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Thurs., June 11 at 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Tues., June 16 at 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.


Our first online election was successful with 13 percent of eligible voting members participating — compared to two percent who normally participate in-person during the annual membership meeting.

Congratulations to the following leaders who will serve on the KAFP Board of Directors during the 2020-21 governance year. Each district office is a one-year term. Delegate and alternate delegate seats serve a two-year term.

Secretary: Jared Johnson, MD (Wichita)
Delegate: Jen Brull, MD, FAAFP (Plainville)
Alternate Delegate: Diane Steere, MD (Wichita)
District 2 Director: Tessa Rohrberg, MD (Winfield)
District 4 Director: Jonathan Pike, MD (Great Bend)
District 6 Director: Graig Nickel, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
District 8 Director: Derrick Totten, MD, MPH (Colby)

These dedicated leaders will join the following elected volunteers to serve on the 2020-21 Board of Directors as voting members:

President: Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence)
President-Elect: Jennifer Bacani McKenney, MD, FAAFP (Fredonia)
Vice President: Debra Doubek, MD, FAAFP (Manhattan)
Treasurer: Gretchen Irwin, MD, MBA, FAAFP (Andover)
Board Chair: Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP (Andover)
AAFP Delegate: Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)
Alternate Delegate Lynn Fisher, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
District 1 Director: Keith Ratzlaff, MD (Olathe)
District 3 Director: Dirk Smith, MD, FAAFP (Wichita)
Distrcit 5 Director: Danelle Perry, MD (Manhattan)
District 7 Director: Jill Linville, MD (Lakin)
KUSM-Kansas City Faculty Director: Margaret Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, FAAFP
KUSM-Wichita Faculty Director: Rex Keith, MD

We had close races for both contested seats (secretary and district 4). Thank you to all who exercised your membership privilege to vote. We also appreciate the time and dedication of our candidates.


All KAFP members are invited to attend the KAFP Virtual Town Hall meeting on Friday, May 15. This virtual alternative to our annual membership meeting, which has historically taken plan in person during the annual conference, will provide members the opportunity to discuss Academy business, learn about this year’s election process and recognize our 2020 award winners. This virtual meeting will allow for higher member participation and there is no charge to attend. We hope you will join us.

EVENT: KAFP Virtual Town Hall
DATE: Friday, May 15
TIME: 12:15 p.m.