The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians elected as its new president Adity Bhattacharyya, who currently is the residency program director at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Family Practice Residency at Capital Health and medical director at Capital Health Family Medicine.
The NJAFP is the largest primary care medical specialty society in the state and, as president, Bhattacharyya represents the membership and best interests of the organization, according to a statement.
During her acceptance speech at an annual event in Atlantic City recently, Bhattacharyya spoke about the difficulties she has faced during her journey as an Indian woman in the male-dominated field of medical leadership, and the difficulties faced by family physicians across New Jersey, including the struggle for prestige and reimbursement.
“As your president, I pledge to continue working on the academy’s mission for the benefit of the people of New Jersey and our members. I want to spend this year working with the academy on issues like new payment models and MACRA and how they would affect our members, as well as ongoing issues such as physician burnout,” she said. “I joined the NJAFP board to have a voice. I wanted family medicine to have a voice. My voice alone may not be enough, but if I can inspire others to join in academy activities, our united voice will be heard.”
Other officers announced during the annual event include: president-elect, Peter Louis Carrazzone; vice president, Lauren Carruth; treasurer, Maria F. Ciminelli; and secretary, Michael A. Cascarina.