SAN ANTONIO (March 3, 2008)—Family physician Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, the Dr. John M. Smith Jr. Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is a new member-at-large of the Board of Directors of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM).
Association members elected Dr. Jaén, chairman of the UT Health Science Center Department of Family and Community Medicine, to the position at the association’s 2008 Winter Meeting in San Diego, Calif. His term extends through 2010. Dr. Jaén previously chaired the ADFM research committee.
The Association of Departments of Family Medicine brings together more than 135 departments of family medicine nationally, representing more than 2,000 faculty members, 11 million patient visits and an aggregate budget of more than $1 billion. ADFM has played a leadership role in academic family medicine and in the renaissance of the discipline. Dr. Jaen’s election reflects the importance the organization places on research devoted to innovation in practices and improving community health.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $576 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.