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ROBERTS, Prof Richard : WONCA President 2010-2013

WONCA President 2010-2013

Richard G Roberts, MD, JD, FAAFP, FCLM, is a professor and past chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health in Madison. Since 1987, Prof Roberts has practiced as a family doctor, in Belleville, a rural community of 1900 people. Also an attorney, Professor Roberts continues to be a busy family doctor caring for patients of all ages.

At the international level, Prof Roberts was President of World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) from 2010-2013. For ten years, he served on and chaired the WONCA Working Party on Quality in Family Medicine. He serves on the Steering Committee of the global Dialogue on Diabetes and Depression. He has consulted on primary care redesign for Brazil, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. He has supervised exchanges involving students and residents from Brazil, China, Nigeria, Portugal, and Spain. Professor Roberts has lectured and taught in more than three dozen countries. He led US physician delegations to Brazil, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. He has been a member of six US delegations to WHO International Consultations on urinary health. He served as the Founder and Chair of the SOAR (Six Organizations to Advance the Renewal of Family Medicine) International Colloquium, which was funded by Health Canada, convened in Toronto in 2006, and involved representatives from Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, andUnited States to discuss and redesign the future of family medicine.

In the United States, Prof Roberts is Past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and its Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the National Advisory Council of the California Health Benefits Review Program. He is a member of the Guidelines Leadership Group of the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI). He is Chair of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association. Prof Roberts chairs the Scientific Advisory Board on primary care and emergency medicine for United Health Group.

Prof Roberts has been a member of more than two dozen guidelines panels of groups such as the AAFP, American College of Cardiology, American Pain Society, American Urological Association, Joint Commission (JCAHO), Maternitywise, US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, US National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization. He has been a consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration Anesthetic and Life Support Drug Advisory Committee and the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board. He has been a consultant to EyeTel, Google, QuantiaMD, RAND, and Symphony Corporations.

Prof RichRoberts’s scholarship has focused on practice redesign, patient safety, quality improvement, and the development of decision support tools such as guidelines to improve clinical care. He has authored more than 150 publications, been an investigator on a dozen grants, and given more than 600 presentations. After receiving a B.A. in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin, Professor Roberts matriculated to George Washington University for his medical degree. He completed a family medicine residency at UCLA-Santa Monica. Professor Roberts is a Fellow of the AAFP and the American College of Legal Medicine. He was a Fellow in the Kellogg Foundation national leadership development program. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

Rich and his wife Laura, an exercise physiologist and fitness consultant, live in Verona, Wisconsin; they have four children.

    Rich Roberts' Presidents columns for WONCA news 2010-2013