2015 Garber Galbraith Medical-Political Award
Melissa B. Behringer, MD
Melissa Blair Behringer is a 1991 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Medicine, and is currently the Assistant Residency Director at the UAB Selma Family Medicine Residency Program. She completed her residency in Tuscaloosa and was a Charles E. Camp fellow in Obstetrics. This past October, Dr. Behringer moved into a new position at Vaughan Regional Medical Center in Selma where she practices family medicine with a focus on rural health.
Dr. Behringer started in organized medicine early. As a toddler, she attended the Student American Medical Association (now AMSA) when her father, Blair Rice Behringer, was inaugurated President. The oldest of six children, who are scattered from New Jersey to the South Pacific, she enjoys drawing on their expertise as lawyers, MBAs, merchant marine officer, and health/safety on offshore drilling rigs. All of these help keep her abreast of perspective when advocating for physicians.
She has been a member of the American Medical Association since 1986 serving in many positions as a Medical Student Alternate Delegate, Young Physicians’ Alternate Delegate and Delegate, Young Physicians’ Reference Committee Chair, and as the Delegate from Alabama on the AMA House of Delegates. Her participation in the Medical Association of the State of Alabama also began in 1986. With MASA, she currently serves as Councilor with the College of Councilors, First Woman Speaker of the House of Delegates & College of Councilors, Ex-Officio Board of Censors member, and on the Coalition on Alabama Medicaid.
Since 1991, she has also been a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Serving as a Delegate to the National Conference of Special Constituencies, on the Committee on Rural Health, American Hospital Association Governing Council for Small or Rural Hospitals and as an Alternate Delegate and Delegate to the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates. While with the Alabama AAFP, she also served on the Education, Health Care Services, and Legislative Committees. From 1997 to 2005 she was on the AAFP Board of Directors, serving as President from 2003-2004.
She is also a part of the Madison County Medical Society, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, American Medical Directors’ Association, North Alabama Community Care Board (as a Founding Member), Clinical Review Committee and the District Medicaid Ob Waiver QA Committee (Best Start). Nominated by Dr. William J. Terry, Sr., Dr. Behringer is, “dedicated to improving medicine for the next generation through the political process. She has not only been in the leadership of her family medicine specialty but she has also served in numerous capacities as a medical student, young physician and now mature physician.”