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A York County family physician was named the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians Wednesday.

Dr. Wanda Filer has been a family physician for more than 25 years, according to a news release issued by the academy. She has worked at Family First Health, a federally qualified health center since 2012.

Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 120,900 physicians and medical students nationwide.

As president, Filer plans to advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients to inspire positive change in the U.S. healthcare system, she stated in the release.

"I love the people -- both my patients and my colleagues," she said in a statement." Physicians in other specialties don't have the opportunity to get to know their patients the way family physicians do, and it's such an honor to forge those patient relationships. Watching my family medicine colleagues fight for their patients when no one else will reinforces for me just how incredibly noble this profession is."

Filer is also the founder and president of the Strategic Health Institute in York, a health care consulting firm dedicated to building awareness of today's health issues and the need for change.

She served as the first Physician General of Pennsylvania, where she acted as public health advisor to then-Gov. Tom Ridge. She also has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition, Filer is past-president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Cancer Society and served on the board of directors of York Traditions Bank since 2002.

— Reach Sara Blumberg at sblumberg@yorkdispatch.com

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