The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) Board of Directors has selected Ryan Biehle, MPH, MPA, as its next Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective October 1, 2020. Ryan will succeed outgoing CEO Raquel J. Alexander, who is retiring on November 30, 2020.
Ryan has over a decade of experience in public policy and non-profit health care leadership. He has worked with CAFP for the last five years, most recently as the Deputy CEO for Policy and External Affairs. In his new role as EVP-CEO, he will take on the leadership of CAFP and its staff. In addition, he will serve as an ex-officio member of the board of directors and will also manage the board of trustees of the CAFP Foundation, which carries out non-profit charitable work on behalf of family medicine in the state.
Ryan comes into the role with a deep appreciation for family medicine and the vital role family physicians play in every community in the state. While at CAFP, he has worked to accelerate payment reform, garner more investment in primary care, strengthen rural family medicine training, and expand access to care for Coloradans. Ryan grew up on the Western Slope in Grand Junction, Colorado. His partner of 8 years is a family physician in a Federally Qualified Health Center in Aurora, Colorado.
CAFP Board President John Cawley, MD, FAAFP, congratulated Ryan on this well-deserved selection. “Ryan exemplifies the leadership and passion that has made CAFP such a powerful force statewide, advocating for family medicine and for better public health outcomes for our communities. The board is thrilled with his selection and eager to work with him in this new role.”