Alex Krist, MD, MPH is a Professor of Family Medicine and Population Health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia, and a practicing family physician at the Fairfax Family Practice residency. He continues to practice the full spectrum of outpatient and inpatient family medicine and has trained nearly 200 family physicians, many of whom continue to practice throughout Virginia.
Dr. Krist is the director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN), a collection of over 500 primary care practices, representing the full spectrum of primary structures and cultures, and he is the director of community engaged research for VCU’s Wright Regional Center for Clinical and Translational Research. In these roles he leads multiple projects with numerous community partners in Central, Eastern, and Northern Virginia to improve access to care, address health equity, and improve quality of care.
Dr. Krist was a member and Chair of the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (2014-2021) where he led efforts to address systemic racism through prevention, integrate the social determinants of health into prevention recommendations, and be more inclusive with respect to sex, gender, and identity. In 2018, Dr. Krist was elected to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, where he has been actively involved in national efforts around cancer screening, cancer diagnosis, the future of primary care, the impact of COVID19 on health, social needs, and transforming healthcare to deliver whole health.