Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed this to be Family Medicine Week. “Michigan’s Family Physicians have historically demonstrated their dedication to the health and well-being of this state’s citizens by emphasizing the family and providing care to all patients…” Join us in celebrating all that Family Medicine Doctors do.


Throughout the week, faculty members of the Department of Family Medicine reflect on what family medicine means to them.


“Family Medicine is the natural partner in building person and community wellness. In case you need medical interventions, we are the one who can guide you to evidence-based and cost-effective care. Our mission is your health and well-being.” – Bengt B. Arnetz, MD, PhD, MScEpi, MPH, Chair, Department of Family Medicine



“Family Medicine, rooted in the traditions of general practice, nurtured by the lights of science and evidence and the water of the biopsychosocial model, is the one medical specialty that trains its physicians to care for all patients of any age, sex, or stage of life, in any location, and at any time with any condition.  Family Physicians humanize the science of medicine by combining the powers high tech science and high touch, personalized care that reduces mortality, morbidity, and cost while improving care quality throughout the community served.  We adapt to the needs of our patients and communities to care for and about the people who entrust their care to us.  Family Medicine is here for everyone’s health.” – David Walsworth, MD, FAAFP


“I love being a family doctor because I can journey along with a baby, a parent, and a grandparent (sometimes all in the same day) in both sickness and prevention. As a family physician,  I can help a wide range of people with a wide range of health problems be healthier and happier.” – Harland Holman, MD





“Family Doctors can be Educators, leaders, and humanitarians in their communities  while building long-term, lifelong connections with their patients.” – Hend Azhary, MD





“Family Medicine is the unique opportunity to experience all the life cycles every day and sometimes break cycles of pathological behavior that have passed down through generations.” – Kenya Sekoni, MD





“Because Family Physicians practice comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care based on long-term doctor-patient relationships, Family Medicine is the ultimate solution to the Triple Aim of higher quality, lower costs and better outcomes for our society.  I want to be core to this value proposition for my patients and my community.” – John vanSchagen, MD





“Family Medicine is the most versatile and needed specialty and focuses on the whole patient, including biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects. We provide prevention, disease management, and curative services. Family Medicine provides a great opportunity to serve the underserved and to help patients stay healthy. The biggest reason that I am a Family Doctor though is the opportunity for continuous relationships over time and sharing in significant life events with patients like birth and illness.” – Steve Roskos, MD





“I love being a family doctor, because I see the difference family doctors make in my community. I have been cared for by several family doctors through my life, and appreciate how they care for all my needs, as well as the needs of my parents, my husband, and my child. I love the way family medicine challenges me – I bring my whole self to this work. I love being a family medicine researcher, because I get to work with a collaborative group of amazing, brilliant people, all working to improve the health of families and communities.” – Julie Phillips, MD