The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of David W. Avery, MD, as President for 2018-2019. Established in 1906, SMA is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional medical association committed to providing physicians with education and information in order to provide quality patient care and lead the discussion on healthcare reform.

Dr. Avery is board certified in Family Medicine. He received his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, New York and completed his residency in Family Medicine at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Dr. Avery has been a member of SMA since he was a resident. He has served in many leadership roles, and as a member of the Board for the last several​ years.  In his acceptance speech, Dr. Avery said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be the President of the Southern Medical Association; our mission is to improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education. We cannot do this without you, our members.”

Dr. Avery has a very distinguished career serving in leadership. He has served in many leadership positions of the West Virginia State Medical Association including President. He served on the Board of Directors, as Legislative Chair, Delegate, and President of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Dr. Avery served on the AAFP Board of Directors, as an AAFP Delegate to the AMA, and on several AAFP committees. He was active in the American Medical Association serving on several committees, as committee Chair, and state delegate. Dr. Avery is active in the State of West Virginia serving on several committees including the Governor’s GOHELP Committee. He is the current Medical Director of the Washington County Health Department.

In addition, Dr. Avery is an ACLS instructor, Regional Faculty of the American Heart Association, PALS Instructor, and an FAA Senior Aviation Flight Examiner.

Dr. Avery and his wife Elaine, reside in Vienna, West Virginia.

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