Andrea A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP
Andrea A. Anderson, MD, FAAFP, is a bilingual Family Physician who is an Assistant Professor and incoming Associate Chief of the Division of Family Medicine at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GW), where she and has been instrumental in advocating for the re-establishment of Family Medicine at GW. She has advised medical students interested in family medicine for many years and has served on various committees including the Curriculum Committee. She also directs the Transition to Residency Fourth Year required Capstone Course and Co-Directs the Health Policy Scholarly Concentration at GW.
Dr. Anderson spent 15 years in practice at Unity Health Care, a large Federally Qualified Health Center, where she fulfilled her National Health Center 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. This site serves over 20,000 individual patients with 100,000 annual visits. 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 her last five years 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 family medicine advocacy involvement. At Unity, 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. This year 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 the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, Health and Human Services, NPR, C-Span, NBCNews.com, Essence, and other media outlets.
More recently, Dr. Anderson serves as the Chair of the DC Board of Medicine and has been active in DC health policy and medical regulation as well as teaching ethics and professionalism to medical students and residents. She serves on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC). She also serves on the State Medical Board Advisory Panel to the USMLE and other USMLE national committees.
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 has been honored with various awards including the 2019 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STMF) 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 and has also completed a Master Teacher Leadership Program. Dr. Anderson’s special interests include medical ethics and professionalism, community medicine and social justice education for medical students and residents, and national workforce reform. 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.