Chair’s Message

Amer Shakil, M.D.
Amer Shakil, M.D.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Our mission is to provide excellent primary care to our patients and their families, to train culturally competent physicians who can serve the North Texas area, and to conduct clinical and community-based participatory research to positively impact patient and population outcomes.

We have diverse faculty with advanced training in the areas of geriatrics, hospice and palliative care, and residency education. We provide training at St. Paul University Hospital, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Children's Medical Center. Our faculty is part of many national and state organizations, where they play significant leadership roles.

Examples of these organizations are:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)
  • Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD)
  • Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP)

Our faculty has received a Leadership Award from TAFP, a Program Director Recognition award from AFMRD, and an Innovation in Health Science Education Award from the UT System.

During residency training, we offer specialized training tracts of Community Action Research Experience (CARE) and Public Health Certificate (PHC). We provide a third-year family medicine clerkships and a fourth-year ambulatory care rotation for medical students. We also offer community-based research and education for students, including a student summer scholar program and the Community Action Research Tract (CART).

I am proud to be a part of a team of distinguished faculty in our department as well on our campus. We all are committed to providing excellence in medical education, research, residency training, patient care, and community service.

Amer Shakil, M.D., FAAFP
Interim Chair & Program Director
Stanley Gilbert, M.D., Professorship in Family Practice
Perry E. Gross, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Family Medicine
Dr. Bill Ross Professorship in Family Practice
Department of Family and Community Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center