Celebrating 35 Years


Philip Zazove, M.D.
Dr. Zazove

Philip Zazove, M.D., installed as the second George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine.

Department administrative offices move to the seventh floor of the Medical Science I building .


Mack T. Ruffin IV, M.D., M.P.H., installed as the Dr. Max and Buena Lichter Research Professor of Family Medicine.

Philip Zazove, M.D., named chair.


Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine retires and accepts role as Dean at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Vice-President for Health Science at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Philip Zazove, M.D., named interim chair.


The Department launches a collaborative initiative with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, along with Ghana’s Academic Family Physicians.


The endowed chairmanship is established and Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., is installed as the first George A Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine.


The Family Medicine Health Center within the East Ann Arbor Health Center and the Japanese Family Health Program move to Domino’s Farms.


ClinfoTracker, an early electronic medical record, is licensed and put into practice in department health centers.


University of Michigan Integrative Medicine is established.

U.S. News & World Report ranks the Department 10th in the nation.


Barbara S. Apgar, M.D., M.S., becomes the first female Clinical Track II faculty member promoted to professor at the University of Michigan.

The family medicine center within the Livonia Health Center closes.

The Great Lakes Research Into Practice Network is founded with partners at Michigan State University.


University Family Medicine inpatient service is established at the University of Michigan Health System.


Dexter Family Practice moves to a new facility.

Stockbridge Family Practice opens.

100th resident graduates.


Briarwood Family Practice moves to a new facility.

The Department name changes to Department of Family Medicine.

Livonia Health Center opens.


The Residency Program expands to the Ypsilanti Family Practice center.

Ypsilanti Family Practice moves to a new facility.

Required third-year clerkship is implemented.

Dexter Family Practice and East Ann Arbor Family Practice opens.


Department governance structure reorganizes to include assistant chairs for Clinical Programs, Educational Programs, Program Planning and Development, and Research Programs.

Chelsea Family Practice moves to a new facility.

Japanese Family Health Program is established


Ypsilanti Family Practice opens.


Sports Medicine Fellowship is initiated.


Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., is named Chair of the Department of Family Practice.


Dr. Schwenk

Dr. Davies steps down and Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., is appointed Interim Chair.

Briarwood Family Practice opens.

The Geriatric Fellowship is initiated.


The first external review of the Department is completed.


The Department initiates its first research project.


Class of 1982

The first residency class graduates.





The residency class size increases to six.


The three-year residency program is accredited and the first residency class, made up of four residents, begins seeing patients at Chelsea Family Practice.


Terence C. Davies, M.D., becomes the first chair and establishes the Department of Family Practice with four faculty and three staff members.

Chelsea Family Practice opens and medical students begin a primary care clerkship.