Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He will serve a one-year term as president-elect before beginning a one-year term as president of the AAFP in 2019, followed by a one-year term as chair of the AAFP Board of Directors.
The AAFP represents 131,400 physicians and medical students nationwide. The organization is devoted to primary care and advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients across the country.
LeRoy, an associate professor of family medicine, is a lifelong Daytonian and public servant. He serves the underprivileged as a staff physician at the East Dayton Health Clinic. He served the clinic as medical director from 1994 to 2008 and helped secure funding to remodel and expand the center and its services.
LeRoy is a leader throughout the Dayton community, serving in several different organizations, including Reach Out of Montgomery County, Dayton Public Schools, American Red Cross and St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter.
He has been a member of the AAFP since 1991, serving in leadership roles at both the state and national levels. Since 2010, LeRoy has served as an Ohio delegate to the AAFP Conference of Delegates. He served as chair of the Commission on Education and has also chaired the Commission on Membership and Member Services.
LeRoy served as president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (AFP) from 2004 to 2005 and serves as a board member. In 2014, he was recognized with the Ohio AFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year award. In 2004, he was honored with the Family Physician of the Year award from the Miami Valley Academy of Family Physicians.
LeRoy earned both his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Wright State University. He completed his family medicine residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and a primary care faculty development fellowship at Michigan State University.
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is a community-based medical school affiliated with eight major teaching hospitals. The medical school educates the next generation of physicians by providing medical education for more than 480 medical students and 465 residents and fellows in 13 specialty areas and 10 subspecialties. Its research enterprise encompasses centers in the basic sciences, epidemiology, public health and community outreach programs. More than 1,600 of the medical school’s 3,422 alumni remain in medical practice in Ohio.