Munger takes reins of national family physicians group

Mike Munger, M.D. ”83, addresses the AAFP convention in San Antonio. | Sheri Porter/AAFP News


Mike Munger, M.D. ’83, a family physician in Overland Park, Kansas, this month became president of the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual convention. The academy represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide.

As president, Munger advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide. The organization fosters education and training, provides other extensive resources for its members, and encourages research and best practices in family medicine to promote health and reduce overall health care costs.

Munger became president-elect a year ago and also has served three years as a director on the AAFP Board.

Munger has been a practicing family physician in the Kansas City metropolitan area for 30 years. He is in practice at Saint Luke’s Physicians Group in Overland Park, where he also serves as vice president of medical affairs for primary care. The group has 105 physician members at 14 different sites, three of which maintain Level 3 medical home designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and 11 of which are participants in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative. CPC+ is an outcome of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center.

After earning his bachelor of arts and medical degrees from UMKC, Munger completed his family medicine residency at what was then the Goppert Family Practice Residency Program at Baptist Medical Center, also in Kansas City. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.