donor of the month
Albert Ray, MD, FAAFP, is the Family Physicians Political Action Committee’s May Donor of the Month! Dr. Ray has been a Family Physician since 1978 with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. He is also a Volunteer Clinical Professor at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and residency in Family Medicine at McGill University Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Ray has served as President of the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego, as well as President of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians. In addition he served as Chair of the CAFP Communications Committee and as a California Delegate to the American Medical Association. He has contributed to the FP-PAC since 2004.
Why do you contribute to FP-PAC?
It is part of our role as family physicians to support political advocacy for our specialty and the health of our patients.
What would you say to someone who may be hesitant to contribute to a Political Action Committee?
As a family physician, it is necessary to commit to fostering advocacy in order to promote the health of our country.
Less than five percent of family physicians contribute to FP-PAC. Why should more family physicians contribute?
We have to show politicians and candidates that we are committed to our cause before they will take us seriously. The only way we can promote our agenda and improve the health of the State is if we have true grassroots support from family physician who are committed to change.
Have you ever attended an FP-PAC event or represented FP-PAC at a fundraiser? If so, what did you learn by attending the event?
Yes, I found that by attending I was more fully inspired to be part of the process.