Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Family Physicians

Douglas Henley serves the Academy as Chief Executive Officer. He also provides representation for the AAFP to other organizations, including medical, public and private sectors, and he serves on the Board of Trustees of the AAFP Foundation. Henley has been an AAFP physician member and volunteer since 1973. He was on the AAFP Board of Directors from 1991-1997, serving as chair from 1993-1994 and 1996-1997, and as President from 1995-1996.

Prior to assuming the position of EVP, Henley was in private practice for 20 years in his hometown of Hope Mills, North Carolina. His appointments include serving on the editorial boards of Family Practice News and Journal of Family Practice, the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel, the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment Advisory Panel on Technology, Insurance and the Health Care System, the North Carolina Cervical Cancer Task Force, and the Board of Directors of the Annals of Family Medicine. He is a founding member of the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance Steering Committee. Henley was an original Commissioner to the American Health Information Community convened by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and he currently serves on the boards of the Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative.

Henley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, and the university’s Family Medicine Residency program. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an AAFP Fellow.

Henley contributed to the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Private and Secure Information Exchange.


Markle Affiliations

  • Health Collaborator
  • Markle Connecting for Health Steering Group