Shannon Edwards MDAFMC is proud to welcome Shannon Edwards, MD, of Greenwood, to the position of associate medical director. Dr. Edwards brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to AFMC, having practiced for about 10 years.

Dr. Edwards is board certified in internal medicine and will work at AFMC’s Fort Smith campus. She received her medical degree in 2008 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock and was an internal medicine resident at UAMS from 2008 to 2011. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in information technology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2003.

Dr. Edwards brings a variety of medical experience to AFMC. Before coming to AFMC she served as medical director for Humana’s central region Medicare Advantage, and she works part-time as a hospitalist for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville and Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. She also worked as an inpatient physician for palliative care at the Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville.

She has volunteered as the physician for the Honor Flight Network’s flight medical team. Honor Flights fly older veterans, at no cost to the vets, to Washington, D.C. to see the various war memorials. Her other interests include advocacy for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and disabilities.

AFMC’s five associate medical directors provide expertise for health utilization management review work. Working with both public and private health plans, AFMC’s reviewers ensure that all health care services are provided in the most efficient manner and are medically necessary. Additionally, this helps prevents fraud and abuse in health care reimbursements.

We look forward to Dr. Edwards’ new insights about how AFMC can continue to provide the highest quality of medical review work that our customers expect from us.

Enjoy the summer and always remember you can contact us with any questions or suggestions.


Chad Rodgers, MD, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer, AFMC