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MAFP Names Julie Anderson, MD, FAAFP, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, the 2020 Family Physician of the Year

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Julie Anderson, MD, FAAFP Minneapolis, February 18, 2020 – The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has named Julie Anderson, MD, FAAFP, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, as the 2020 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year.

This award is presented annually to a family physician who personifies the highest ideals of family medicine: compassionate, comprehensive patient care and involvement in the community.

Anderson has been practicing family medicine in St. Cloud for more than 15 years. In 2018, she started her own clinic, Simplicity Health. She wanted to provide personalized, patient-focused care while limiting the red tape for both doctor and patient and being transparent about healthcare pricing.

Her clinic accepts traditional health insurance and offers direct primary care services where patients pay a monthly fee for membership.

MAFP President Renée Crichlow, MD, FAAFP, said, “Dr. Anderson has been and continues to be a pioneer in the delivery of family medicine. It is an honor to know her and be her friend.”

More than 35 of Anderson’s current patients, individually, nominated her for this award. While they each shared personal stories of how the care Anderson has provided them and their families has made a difference in their lives, they were unified in their appreciation of a strong patient-doctor relationship, where they have felt truly heard, seen and valued.

Patient comments included: “Dr. Anderson is the epitome of what family medicine is supposed to be. She treats the person, not just the disease. She goes above and beyond. She always cares!”

Anderson has also been a leader in the medical community, both locally and nationally. Currently, she is president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AAFP; the AAFP Senior Delegate from Minnesota; and a member of the MAFP Legislative Committee, Foundation Board of Directors and Leadership Development Committee.

She has testified at a Senate Committee on Health hearing on nurse practitioner scope of practice as well as before the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services committees on direct primary care and prior authorization.

Anderson is also active in her local community, including volunteering at Place of Hope Clinic, mentoring high school students interested in medicine and championing Tobacco 21 in the St. Cloud area. She is a medical contributor to the St. Cloud Times and a violinist at her church.

Anderson is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where she completed both medical school and a rural family medicine residency.


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. Nominees for Family Physician of the Year must hold Active membership in the MAFP. 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, 2020, at The Depot Minneapolis.

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

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