2019

The Department of Family Medicine invites you to the annual Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series on September 18, 2019, in Room 1150 of the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine.

David-Bio-Head-Shot.jpgWe are pleased to announce Dr. David Loxterkamp, a family physician and author who lives and works in Belfast, Maine, as the 2019 Dr. Ian McWhinney Lecture Series speaker.

David Loxterkamp grew up in a small farming community in the upper Midwest. His dad was a general practitioner, his mother a nurse. He attended Rolfe (Iowa) High school, Creighton University, the University of Iowa, and the York (Pennsylvania) Hospital Family Medicine Residency. While earning a Master's degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago, David met his wife, Lindsay. They moved to Belfast, Maine in 1984, where they raised their two children, Clare and John.

David practiced full-spectrum family medicine for 28 years. He now teaches in a nearby family medicine residency program. In 1990, in response to a growing number of his patients with AIDS, he took a year-long sabbatical to train in HIV care at San Francisco General Hospital. In 2004, in response to an exploding opioid crisis in his community, he organized a primary care recovery program that now cares for over 100 patients in group-based medication-assisted treatment. Throughout his career, he has found comfort and perspective in telling the story of family medicine through personal essays, two books, television documentaries, and magazine articles. More important than telling the story has been the privilege of living it– in the same community, the same practice, the same house. And inviting medical students and residents to experience it first-hand. 

Dr. Loxterkamp is an avid vegetable gardener, long-distance runner, local history buff, and member of an a cappella men's singing group. He enjoys traveling with his family.

The lecture series has been established in memory of Dr. McWhinney, the founding chair of the Department of Family Medicine and one of the leading thinkers in the discipline of Family Medicine.

Online registration will open in the coming months.