Andrea A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP

Andrea A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Anderson is a bilingual Family Physician and the Associate Chief of the Division of Family Medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW), where she has been instrumental in the re-establishment of Family Medicine at GW. She has advised GW medical students interested in family medicine for many years and serves on various committees including the Curriculum Committee. She is the course director for the Transition to Residency Fourth Year required UME to GME Capstone Course and Co-Directs the Health Policy Scholarly Concentration at GW.

Dr. Anderson is the Chair of the DC Board of Medicine and has been active in DC health policy and medical regulation as well as teaching ethics, professionalism, and physician advocacy to medical students and residents.   She serves on the national Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and is the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) representative to the national Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC).  Finally, she serves on the Management Committee of the USMLE and other USMLE item writing and item review national committees of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). She is an appointed member of the Board of Directors the Family Medicine Education Consortium.

Previously, Dr. Anderson spent 15 years in practice at Unity Health Care, a large Federally Qualified Health Center where she fulfilled her National Health Service Corps Scholarship commitment.  She served as the Director of Family Medicine for Unity, the Subject Matter Expert for Health Literacy and Cultural Competency and the Medical Director for Unity’s largest site, the Upper Cardozo Health Center.  During her tenure the site was recognized in 2013 as an exemplary site by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for excellence in ambulatory practices and level III NCQA recognition.  

During the last five years of her time at Unity, Dr. Anderson was a core Faculty member with the National Family Medicine Residency, a Teaching Heath Center GME program at Unity Health Care in Washington, DC where she wrote and directed the Leadership and Advocacy curriculum for the residents.  Dr. Anderson has a long history of physician advocacy involvement.  She has testified extensively both on a federal and local level on health policy matters affecting community health center patients like early childhood literacy and national workforce policy reform.  In 2019 she was an invited witness to the 2019 Access to Care: Providers in Underserved Areas Hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee where she gave testimony advocating for increased and sustained funding for programs like the National Health Service Corps.  She has been featured by and/or testified before the AAFP, the FSMB, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health and Human Services, the DC Council, NPR, C-Span,, Essence, and other media outlets.

Dr. Anderson is an alumna of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University and Brown School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where she served as the Chief Resident and an Academic Medicine Fellow.  She completed the GW Master Teacher Leadership Development Fellowship in 2017. She has been honored with various awards including the 2019 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Advocate Award, 2016 Brown School of Medicine Young Alumnae Achievement award, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, the 2000 NMF Ralph Ellison Award, the 2000 AMWA Janice M. Glasgow Award, the 2002 AAFP GME award, the 2001 Fleet Fellows Award. She was a 2018 graduate of the STFM Emerging Leaders Program and the STFM Quality Mentoring Program. Dr. Anderson’s special interests include medical ethics, professionalism, social justice education for medical students and residents, and URM Faculty Recruitment and Retention. She is married with two small beautiful children.

Dr. Anderson serves the ABFM on the Professionalism Committee, the Strategy Implementation & Operations Committee, and the Certification Committee.