Richard Feldman, MD Awarded First Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) recently announced the winner of the 2011 CHFM Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine.

Richard D. Feldman, MD of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been awarded the first Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine for his project “Family Practice Stories.”

Dr. Feldman is a practicing family physician at the St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Beech Grove, Indiana, where he has served as Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program since 1981, and as Director of Medical Education since 1999. Dr. Feldman also currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Dr. Feldman’s “Family Practice Stories,” the subject which won the 2011 CHFM Fellowship award, is a collection of stories told by and about Indiana family doctors practicing in the mid-twentieth century. According to Dr. Feldman, “These were the general practitioners of that ‘Greatest Generation’ who possessed the character, core values, and principles from which our contemporary specialty of family medicine was modeled after and grew.”

On receiving the news that he had been awarded the fellowship, Dr. Feldman commented that “receiving the History of Family Medicine Fellowship Award is a great honor and will allow me to round out the book nicely with additional research conducted at the Center.”

The CHFM presently sponsors one $1,500 Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine each year. Interested family physicians, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and others are invited to apply for the 2012 Fellowship.

The successful applicant will be awarded a fellowship grant in an amount of up to $1,500 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses relating to conducting research on a project of their choosing dealing with any aspect of the history of General Practice, Family Practice, or Family Medicine in the United States. For more information, please visit the Center’s website at:

Housed at AAFP headquarters and administered by the non-profit AAFP Foundation, the Center for the History of Family Medicine serves as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, exhibition and study of materials relating to the history of Family Medicine in the United States. For more information on the Center, please contact Center staff via telephone at 1-800-274-2237 (ext. 4420 or 4422), via fax at (913) 906-6095, via e-mail at, or visit our web site at