AFMA is dedicated to the professional growth and development of its members with particular emphasis on administration and coordination of health care delivery, education and research within Family Medicine Residency Programs.

AFMA Physician Advisors

AFMA’s Board of Directors is responsible for the selection of Physician Advisors for the organization who advise the board on a number of details related to AFMA decisions and activities. They participate in elements of the Fall Board meeting, including RPS speaker selection and selection of the plenary speaker for the conference. They have also committed to writing articles pertaining to pertinent topics for the AFMA newsletter throughout the year. Finally, they meet with the board during RPS each year to review what each committee has been working on, the goals of the organization and to ask questions regarding how they can better assist us in the year to come.

The collaboration allows for AFMA to play a huge role in administration of our specialty while giving us the benefit of having leaders in our field for advice when needed. It is truly a win-win situation! Our advisors include:

Gregory H. Blake, MD, MPH

University of Tennessee Medical Center
Department of Family Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway U-67
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: (423) 544-9352
Fax: (423) 544-9353
[email protected]

Dr. Blake received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas in 1977. He completed his residency in family practice at Dwight David Eishenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Dr. Blake spent four years at Martin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he was director of the Family Practice Residency Program. He joined the faculty of the University of OK, Oklahoma City, in 1984 and earned a Master of Public Health degree. Dr. Blake was Residency/Fellowship Director at the University of MI Medical Center at Jackson from 1989 until he joined the Knoxville program in 1995.

Dr. Blake currently serves as senior physician in the 134th Medical Group, TN Air National Guard. He served as commander of the 129th Medical Cleaning Company, A National Guard during Operation Desert Storm. Lieutenant Colonel Blake served as a flight surgeon for the 171 st Air Expeditionary Refueling Wing during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has completed the Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College. Special interests include weapons of mass destruction and medical organization and readiness for natural or manmade disasters.

Information retrieved from:

William Geiger, MD

Grant Family Medicine Residency
4850 E. Main Street
Columbus, OH 43213
Phone: (614) 566-9050
Fax: (614) 566-0766
[email protected]

William Geiger, MD. Dr. Geiger received his M.D. degree from Ohio State University and completed an internship and residency at Akron City Hospital, Akron, OH. He also served in the US Navy for two years.

Dr.Geiger established a new practice, Mansfield Family Physicians in Mansfield, Ohio where he maintained a private practice from 1977-1989.

From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Geiger served as Associate Director for the Toledo Hospital Family Practice Residency. In 1995 he promoted to the role of Program Director at that same institution. In 2000, Dr. Geiger accepted the role as Program Director at Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency.

Due to his private practice experience, Dr. Geiger brings a practical and reality-based approach to his teaching. “My passion is education: creating an atmosphere of openness and flexibility, with the proper mix of challenge and support, where each individual learner can grow and mature into a highly skilled professional.”

Dr. Geiger is the 2007 recipient of the Gold Level Program Directors Recognition award from the American Academy of Family Physicians for his outstanding contribution and dedication to Family Medicine education.

Jennifer Knowles, MD

MultiCare Health System (East Pierce) Program                                     MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital                                                                   East Pierce Family Medicine Residency                                                               13223rd St SE, Suite 240                                                                                             Puyallup WA, 98372                                                                                                       Ph: (253) 697-5757                                                                                                   Fax: (253) 697-1439                                                               [email protected]

Jennifer Knowles, MD is currently the Program Director for East Pierce Family Medicine Residency in Puyallup, Washington.  She has held this position since June, 2016.  She has been a faculty member since April 2014.  Prior to this, she worked as a full-spectrum family physician for 20 yrs, first as a contracted physician, and later in private practice.  She holds a Clinical Assistant Professorship with the University of Washington.  Dr. Knowles has also served in multiple leadership positions at the hospital level, including Obstetrical Committee Co-Chair, Peer Review member and chair, and Chief-of-Staff.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Knowles enjoys spending time with her husband and two young-adult kids.  She and her husband are avid mountaineers, spending much of every summer climbing and hiking in the North Cascades.  She also enjoys running, reading, and skiing.

Karen Mitchell, MD

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Zachry Waterson, DO

Fort Wayne Medical Education Program
750 Broadway, Suite 250
Fort Wayne IN, 46802
Ph: (260) 422-6573
Fax: (260) 399-4242
[email protected]

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