The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP or Academy) Hall of Fame (HoF) was established in 2023 as a way to recognize any current or former FAFP member or non-physician affiliated with the FAFP who has had an indelible impact on the Academy and the specialty of family medicine throughout Florida. Candidates should embody the true spirit of family medicine by providing or supporting the delivery of exceptional care for patients, mentoring future family physicians, making lasting contributions to family medicine, and leading the profession in a way that places everyone’s best interests above their own. This dedication should be exhibited over the entire course of their careers and clearly stand apart from others.
FAFP members who have a minimum of 10 years of FAFP active membership, either consecutive or in total, over the course of their career.
Non-physician candidates must have at least 10 years of service to the FAFP, either through employment or contracted status, and the family physicians of Florida.
Candidates can be living or deceased.
A maximum of two (2) nominees may be inducted per year
Dr. Van Durme, MD, MPH, served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Rural Health at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine in Tallahassee, FL from 2004-2023. He also served as the Director of the College’s Center for Global Health. Previously, he spent 15 years in academic medicine at the University of South Florida (USF) Col-lege of Medicine and in semi-rural private practice in the Tampa Bay area, where he also worked as the team physician for college and professional sports teams. During his time at FSU and USF he received numerous awards for teaching, service, humanitarianism, and mentoring, including the Sir William Osler Award for Outstanding Faculty Role Model, the USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence and Gold Humanism Honor Society selection.
Dr. Van Durme has held numerous leadership positions including service on the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the AAFP Foundation, and FAFP Past President. He was also very active in global health humanitarian efforts and medical education development in several countries, including ongoing work in Nicaragua and Haiti. He received his medical degree at the University of South Florida, did his residency training at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and received his MPH with a concentration in Global Health from Johns Hopkins University. A past president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Van Durme developed Family Medicine Scholars at FSU to produce specialty leaders of the future. He also served as the first director of the college’s rural health program in Marianna, with the intention of help-ing to develop more physicians who will care for patients in rural areas and small towns.