Congratulations to Medical Association Board Member John Meigs Jr., M.D., of Centreville, who was recently named President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents more than 124,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. As President, Dr. Meigs will be an advocate nationwide for family physicians and patients to improve family health care.
Dr. Meigs is an At-Large Member of the Medical Association’s Board of Censors who began his medical career in private practice in Centreville, Alabama, his hometown, and practiced there from 1982 to 2013. In 2013, he merged with another practice to become a part of Bibb Medical Associates, which is housed in a clinic at Bibb Medical Center, a 25-bed rural hospital in Centreville. He also serves as chief of staff at Bibb Medical Center.
A former speaker of the House of Delegates and College of Counselors for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Dr. Meigs currently serves as a member of its Board of Censors. In addition, he is a member of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the chair of the State Committee on Public Health. He also serves on the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board and the Alabama Board of Medical Scholarships.
Dr. Meigs is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Medicine Argus Award for Best Attending Physician in Family Medicine. He also serves as adjunct clinical faculty for the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency Program in his home town of Centreville. In 2014, he was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
An active member of his community, Meigs serves on the Board of Directors of Distinguished Young Women of Bibb County, a scholarship program for high school senior girls. He was president of that organization from 1995 to 2015. In 2004, he was named Bibb County Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Centreville.
Before being named AAFP president-elect, Dr. Meigs served four years as speaker and three years as vice speaker of the organization’s governing body, the Congress of Delegates. He has been an active member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians, serving on its board of directors, including terms as president and chair. Dr. Meigs also was vice president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the charitable arm of the organization, from 2003 to 2008. He also serves on the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board and the Alabama Board of Medical Scholarship Awards.
Dr. Meigs is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Alabama and a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. In 2003, he was awarded the University of Alabama School of Medicine Argus Award for “Best Attending Physician in Family Medicine.”
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his medical degree from the University of South Alabama. He completed his family medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham Selma Family Practice Residency Program where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Meigs is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow.
The Medical Association congratulates Dr. Meigs for continuing to be a strong advocate for medicine in Alabama and on the national stage as a mentor and leader for our country’s physicians.