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Steven P. Furr, M.D.

2017 Hettie Butler Terry Community Service Award

Published Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:00 am

Steve Furr, M.D. graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. He completed his medical education at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in 1981. From 1981 to 1984, he was a resident in the University of Alabama in Huntsville Family Practice program. Since then he has practiced continuously in Jackson, AL, a small, under-served, rural town in Clarke County where he practices family medicine. For many years he also provided obstetrics at his practice. He continues to serve people from birth to death, by acting as the medical director of the local nursing home.

Dr. Furr is a past president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, as well as having participated on the Board of Censors, State Committee of Public Health and the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners. A past president of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians he continues to serve on their board, and as a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress.  He is currently a delegate to the American Medical Association. He is a past president of the Alabama Medical Directors Association, and is once again serving them as their President-elect.  In 2012, he was elected into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.

Dr. Furr serves on the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees and is the current past chairman.

Active within his church, he has just finished an eight-year term as the conference lay leader for the Alabama West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been the lead lay delegate from the Alabama West Florida conference for the last five General Conferences which is the quadrennial gathering of United Methodist from around the world and is the only body that can officially speak for the United Methodist Church. In 2012, he was asked to give the Laity Address to the assembled 1000 delegates. He currently serves on the Commission on the General Conference which is the planning committee for this quadrennial gathering. Dr. Furr also served two terms as the chairperson of the Association of Annual Conference Lay leaders. He is currently serving a four-year term as the chair of the Southeastern Episcopacy Committee which oversees the election and appointment of bishops within the Southeastern Jurisdiction.

Dr. Furr has spoken at least three times each year since 2009 to physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who attend a controlled substance prescribing course jointly sponsored by the Board of Medical Examiners and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. Thousands have attended this course receiving instruction in how to deal with the proper prescribing of controlled substances and attempting to deal with the epidemic in Alabama.

Prior to his other commitments taking up much of his spare time he enjoyed leading groups of people on tours of Israel, as well as participating in mission trips to Kenya and Zambia.

Dr. Furr was nominated by Dr. Pink L. Folmar. 




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