Arch G. Mainous receives lifetime contribution award from leading organization in primary care research

Dr. Arch G. Mainous III

Arch G. Mainous III, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2021 Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research from NAPCRG, the world’s largest organization devoted to research in family medicine, primary care and related fields.

Mainous’ award nominators described him as one of the world’s most productive family medicine and primary care investigators. A professor in the department of health services research, management and policy in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and vice chair for research in the UF College of Medicine’s department of community health and family medicine, Mainous has published more than 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been cited more than 23,000 times.

He has conducted a variety of studies on conditions commonly presenting in primary care including respiratory infections, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and iron disorders. These studies have been funded by a variety of agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of his research has focused on improving the delivery of health care by attempting to improve detection of disease and providing the right care for the right individual.

“Dr. Mainous is one-of-a-kind, amazingly productive, with a quick mind that recognizes the whole and the minutiae of a topic quickly,” said nominator Lars Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., the vice president of research at the American Board of Family Medicine and associate professor of family and community medicine at the University of Kentucky. “His research includes an incredible range of topics that are of high interest to people, not just the scientific community or family physicians specifically. Dr. Mainous has demonstrated the ability to address policy relevant questions that matter to the general public, which has resulted in multiple, and international, popular press outlets reporting on his research.”

Mainous serves as the specialty chief editor of the journal Frontiers in Medicine: Family Medicine and Primary Care and as the deputy editor of the journal Family Medicine. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine and BMJ Open. He has been awarded the Innovative Program Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Distinguished Research Mentor Award from the North American Primary Care Research Group. In 2020, he was elected to membership in the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida.

He will present the Wood Award lecture on November 22 during the NAPCRG virtual annual meeting.