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Sanford Physician Receives Honorary Degree

(Sioux Falls, SD) - Clayton Van Balen, MD, F.A.A.F.P. of Sanford Health Occupational Medicine & Walk-in Clinic has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)



This fellowship entitles Dr. Van Balen to use the honorary designation, “Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians,” or “F.A.A.F.P.” and places him among 29,000 distinguished recipients nationwide since the degree’s establishment in 1971.

AAFP is the national medical association representing nearly 100,300 family physicians, residents and medical students. The AFFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians “who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development.”

Criteria for receiving this fellowship consist of: a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

Dr. Van Balen received his award during the President’s Reception at the 2012 SDAFP Winter Seminar. The Degree was conferred by Dr. Doug Henley, CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To view Dr. Van Balen’s bio or for more information on Sanford Health physicians, visit

Stacy Bauer Jones
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