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Department of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine


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Throughout his career, George Snively, M.D., was a dedicated clinician and researcher with a passion for training the next generation of primary care clinicians. In 1973, he was appointed Professor of Family Practice in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Davis, and in 1980 was appointed the Chair of the Department. He provided outstanding leadership in the Department during the formative years of this new discipline of Family Practice. He was committed to the education of family physicians and family nurse practitioners/physician assistants, and was successful in recruiting faculty members with outstanding clinical, teaching and research skills.

To honor her husband and his passion for primary care and medical education after his death, his wife, Dr. Suzanne Snively, established the "George Snively Visiting Professorship in Family Medicine." Over the years, the Snively Professorship has provided wonderful opportunities for our faculty, residents, FNP/PA students and medical students to interact with some of the country's finest academic physicians.

Snively Visiting Professorship in Family Medicine


The Department of Family and Community Medicine was pleased to welcome Dr. Denise V. Rodgers on November 4, 2014, as its Snively Visiting Professor in Family Medicine. Dr. Rodgers is Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She also serves as the Hunterdon Chair in Interprofessional Education at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where she is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Rogers, M.D.Prior to her appointment with Rutgers, Dr. Rodgers served as the fifth and final president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) from January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. As a result of state legislation, on July 1, 2013, most of the schools of UMDNJ became part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From April 2006 to June 2013, Dr. Rodgers led UMDNJ’s academic and clinical operations as Executive Vice President.

Dr. Rodgers has devoted much of her career to advancing primary care and addressing health disparities among minority and underserved populations and communities. She has lectured and published in the areas of primary care, community health, culturally competent care, and diversity in health care. In 2009 she received the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Recognition Award, in 2010 she received the Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Physician’s Award and in 2012 she was named a Distinguished Alumna by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Other accolades include the New Jersey Primary Care Association Women’s Health Advocate Award, the Hyacinth Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS, the Champion of Health Equity Award from the Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium. She is also a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

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April 22, 2014: Joseph Kvedar, M.D.  Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare

April 17, 2012:  Anthony Iton, M.D., J.D., MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment.  

November 20, 2013:  Bechara Choucair, M.D., Commisioner  for Chicago Health, presented "Transforming the Health of the Community". (click here to see video of the presentation)

February 28, 2012:  David Ansell, M.D., MPH, Professor, Rush University Medical Center, author of "COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital", Academy Chicago Publishers; First Edition (May 31, 2011). Please click here to see video of the presentation.

October 11, 2011:   Richard Deyo, M.D.Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR. Title: A billion here, a billion there…Is Medical Overuse Crippling the U.S.?  Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Deyo's presentation.
April 14, 2011:  Robert Berenson, M.D.The Urban Institute, Washington, DC. Title: Prospects for Primary Care Payment Improvement: Good Policy Meets Political Reality. Please click here (PDF) for Dr. Berenson's presentation, and here to see the video.

January 18, 2011:  Robert Reid, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA.  Title: Reinvigorating Primary Care in the Form of the Patient Centered Medical Home. Please click here (PDF) to view a handout of Dr. Reid's presentation, and here to see the video.

November 3, 2010Kevin Grumbach, M.D., UC San Franciso, Department of Family & Community Medicine, San Franciso, CA. Title: Health Care Reform and the Future of Primary Care (click here to see video of the presentation)


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