Educated at the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University Medical School. Internship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Active in student organizations during medical school, including Medical Committee for Human Rights, Free Clinic organization, Literary Society, and Student Health Action Committee. Residency in Family Medicine at the University of Miami. Taught 1973-79 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, worked at Family Health and Social Service Center – neighborhood health center in Worcester. Residency director at U Mass.
Served as assistant in General Practice to Julian Tudor Hart and licensed by the National Health Service in Glyncorrwg, South Wales, U.K. Taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Family Medicine and was director of the Faculty Development Program, acting chair for 18 months, and worked in student, resident and community based AHEC programs.
Editor of FAMILY MEDICINE from 1984-91. Kellogg National Fellow 1984-87, Lyndhurst Prize 1989-92, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, steering committee 1990-93. President, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 1998-99, Member, STFM Board of Directors 1997-2000, Presidential Award STFM 1991, Lynn and Joan Carmichael Recognition Award STFM 1986, Co-organizer, Keystone III Conference 2000, Co-Organizer of G. Gayle Stephens Conference ( Keystone IV) 2015, Board of Curators, Center for the History of Family Medicine, 2002-2005, National Library of Medicine, Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, 2003-2007, F. Marian Bishop Leadership Award of STFM 2006, Professor and Chair at University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Family Medicine 1993-2006. Folkert O. Belzer Award of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health 2010, John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine, AAFP 2017, Associate Editor, Annals of Family Medicine 2007-. Editor, Wisconsin Medical Journal 2006 –
Current interests/activities are community health programs, community based research, medical humanities and medical journalism.