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Dr. James Puffer

James C. Puffer, MD

Dr. Puffer served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) from 2003-2018. He came to the ABFM from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he completed his undergraduate, medical school and family medicine residency training and where he enjoyed a faculty appointment for over 23 years. Dr. Puffer joined the faculty of the School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in 1979 after completing a family medicine residency at the UCLA Medical Center from 1976-1979. He received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1976 and graduated with honors from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1972.

During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Puffer served as Family Medicine Residency Director from 1979-1981 and Chief of the Division of Family Medicine from 1981-1997, and he was instrumental in establishing eventual departmental status for the discipline in 1997. He served as the interim Chair of the new department from 1997-1998. Dr. Puffer served as Professor and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine from 1998-2002.

Elected to the Board of Directors of the then named American Board of Family Practice (ABFP) from 1989-1994, Dr. Puffer served the ABFP as Vice President from 1993-1994, member of the Executive Committee from 1992-1994, and chairman of the Credentials Committee from 1991-1994. He was also a member of the Sports Medicine Exam Committee, Accelerated Residency Program Committee and Angoff Committee.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pisacano Leadership Foundation (previously the Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D. Memorial Foundation) from 1994-1997, and served as President from 2003-2018.

Dr. Puffer, recognized as an international authority in Sports Medicine, served as Head Team Physician to the 1988 United States Summer Olympic Team that competed in Seoul and as physician to the 1984 United States Winter Olympic Team that competed in Sarajevo. He served as team physician to the UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1979 until his departure from UCLA in June of 2002.

Dr. Puffer was Editor-in-Chief of Sports Medicine Digest from 1992-2002 and Associate Editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise from 1989-1998. He has served on the editorial board of no fewer than ten journals. He has published one book, nearly 150 scientific articles and book chapters, and presented over 600 lectures.