Las Cruces doctor appointed chairman of national commission influencing health policy



Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce that Stephanie Benson, MD, FAAFP, has been appointed Chair of the Commission on Federal and State Policy of the American Academy of Family Physicians. This commission has significant national influence on health policy.

Dr Benson is a Board-Certified Family Physician at Memorial Family Medicine Center and Associate Director of the Southern New Mexico Family Medicine Residency Program, where she completed her residency training in 2009. She is also the director of Memorial’s palliative care team, which has played a vital role for the community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am convinced that every physician has a responsibility to defend their patients and their community. It is a huge honor to be able to do this at the national level. I have worked closely with the New Mexico Chapter of AAFP since I was a resident of our program and look forward to continuing my work with the National Academy and its incredible staff, ”said Dr. Benson. “We have a lot of work to do as we continue to advocate for policies that benefit our patients, our communities and the specialty of family medicine. I am grateful to the New Mexico Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. John Andazola, and our residency program for continuously supporting me in these efforts over the years.

Dr. Benson’s one-year service as President begins December 15, 2021. The Commission on Federal and State Policy informs and guides the Academy’s federal advocacy program and AAFP’s support to constituent chapters in their advocacy efforts with state governments.

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