For Overland Park family doctor, role leading nation’s largest specialty organization doesn’t take him far from home

Michael Munger, MD, is the recently seated president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the largest medical specialty society in the country.

As a resident in family medicine in the mid-1980s, Michael Munger’s mentor was a man who stressed the need for physicians to work for the good of the profession outside their clinic walls. That mentor, Jack Stelmach, MD, had served a term as president of the American Academy of Family Physicians from 1978 to 1979, and encouraged his protégés to find a way to get involved in shaping the future of family medicine themselves.

“He just really drilled into all of us that we owed something to our specialty to give back, be involved, be a spokesman,” said Munger.