Dr. Culpepper, Professor of Family Medicine, was the founding Chairman of the Department. He received his M.D from Baylor College of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Boston University. He has served as President of the North American Primary Care Group (NAPCRG), Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and is the Chairman of the Board of Rhode Island Public Health Foundation. He is a Primary Care Fellow of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and has chaired or served as a member of research grant review committees for 5 NIH and other federal agencies. He has received the STFM Excellence in Education, the STFM-NAPCRG Hames Research awards, and the Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research (2010) and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1998. The BU School of Public Health recognized him with its 2008 BUSPH Distinguished Alumni Award. He has conducted research in otitis media, and school-based and community interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes and to prevent teen pregnancies and has been the principal investigator of an AHRQ funded center for patient safety research devoted to low income and minority vulnerable populations in ambulatory care settings, principal investigator of interventions to improve the care of uninsured patients and urban patients with diabetes and depression, co-principal investigator of a study to decrease delays in CHC patient follow-up for abnormal mammography, and co-investigator of a long term study of the course of anxiety disorders in primary care settings. Dr Culpepper co-chaired a panel on Otitis Media with Effusion for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a member of the AAP-AAFP panel on acute otitis media. He founded and chaired the board of the Rhode Island Public Health Foundation (1992-2011). He is a member of The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America Scientific Advisory Boards. He currently is the primary care member of an Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD (2011-15). He was the initial family medicine editor of UpToDate and is the editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Primary Care Companion.
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