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MAFP Names Andrea Westby, MD, the 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year

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St. Louis Park, March 1, 2019 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Andrea Westby, MD, as the 2019 Family Medicine Educator of the Year. This award is presented annually to an outstanding teacher of family medicine.

Westby is a family physician and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Family medicine residents have described her as dynamic, exacting and inspiring.

University of Minnesota North Memorial family medicine resident Katie Swanson, DO, said, “Westby is the ideal mentor. Amazingly loving and supportive, she challenges us to be excellent, to be compassionate, to be better. She models lifelong learning and communication skills…I cannot think of any physician [that] I have ever come across who deserves this award more.”

After practicing full spectrum family medicine in rural Minnesota, Westby joined faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2017. She teaches and mentors family medicine residents and medical students. She has also developed curriculum for residents on nutrition and adolescent medicine and is currently developing curriculum on health equity and racism in medicine.

“Westby has been a force of change within our residency program, helping residents to be more involved with self care via nutrition education. This translates to improved education for patients. She has also worked with residency leadership to address racism and microaggressions within the hospital that we work at. This has been very important for me as a resident of color to have a champion within the residency. She holds us to high standards of excellence and pushes our learning in a meaningful and real way,” said Nailah Cash-O’Bannon, MD, University of Minnesota North Memorial family medicine resident.

In addition to teaching and mentoring, Westby is active in the North Minneapolis community and involved in advocacy around health equity. Westby has served on a variety of boards and committees, including for the MAFP and Minnesota Doctors for Health Equity. She’s also currently the clinic site lead for the Minnesota Department of Health African American Infant Mortality Project at the University of Minnesota Physicians Broadway Family Medicine Clinic.


About the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians: The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota, representing more than 3,100 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. The MAFP promotes the specialty of family medicine in Minnesota and supports family physicians as they provide high quality, comprehensive and continuous medical care for patients of all ages.

About the MAFP Academy Awards: Each year, the MAFP recognizes its members for their hard work and dedication to family medicine via its own Academy Awards. Family physicians from across Minnesota are nominated—by patients, community members, educators, learners and colleagues—for a variety of awards. The MAFP Board of Directors selects awardees after reviewing nomination letters and credentials. Awards will be formally presented at the MAFP Spring Refresher, to be held March 28 & 29 at The Depot Minneapolis.

Media contact: Emie Buege, 651-338-1545,

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