Doctor Julea Garner of Hardy was installed as the 60th president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The installation took place during a luncheon ceremony at the conclusion of the annual Scientific Assembly held at the Wyndham Riverfront July 13. Dr. Garner is the second female to lead the Arkansas Chapter, with Dr. Linda McGhee of Fayetteville serving as chapter president 1995-1996.
Dr. William Coleman of Alabama who served as the American Academy of Family Physicians President in 1994 installed Dr. Garner and the 2007-08 officers and directors for the coming year.
In private family practice in rural Hardy, Dr. Garner established her practice in 2000 after serving the AAFP in Kansas City as assistant director of the Division of Education for five years. Prior to joining the AAFP, she served as assistant professor of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at AHEC NE in Jonesboro.
Dr. Garner began her career with the academy in 1985 when she was a freshman student at UAMS and joined the academy's Family Medicine Interest Group of which she was actively involved -- serving as it's president for three terms and as a member of the AR AFP Board as the student representative in 1986-1989.
She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1989 and completed a Family Practice Residency at Harrisburg Hospital\in Harrisburg, Pa., where she served as chief resident in 1991. In 1996 she completed a Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship at the US Public Health Service in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Garner received her private pilot's license in 1992 and became a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The recipient of many awards and honors throughout the years, she received the Mead Johnson Award as a resident and received a special award as chairman of the Resident Assembly of the Pennsylvania AFP. She received two special awards from the Arkansas AFP in the 90's for her work in promoting family medicine as a key discipline in the medical profession. She is also the author of several publications and has made presentations at several national and state meetings.
The Arkansas Academy of Family Physicians is the state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians located in Leawood, Kan. The academy is the nation's largest medical specialty organization which requires its members to obtain a minimum of 150 hours of continuing medical education each three year period.
Dr. Garner and her husband Brien Hall are the parents of a four year old daughter, Lilly.