Academy Past President Shannon Dowler, MD (’13) has been named the new incoming Chief Medical Officer for the North Carolina Division of Health Benefits/North Carolina Medicaid. Dr. Dowler has a long history of service in leadership roles in North Carolina. Professionally, she most recently served as the Chief of Community Medicine and Ambulatory Population Health for Mission Health Medical Associates in Asheville where she helped lead primary care, including quality, safety and ambulatory population health strategy for Mission’s primary care practices across an 18-county region. In her volunteer pursuits, Dr. Dowler is currently the chair of the North Carolina Physicians Advisory group and also a member of the AAFP’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science. Dr. Dowler will begin her new role on September 9th, 2019. She received her medical degree from East Carolina University and completed her residency training at MAHEC in Asheville.