AFMC has named Shannon Edwards, MD, of Greenwood, to the position of associate medical director. Dr. Edwards is board certified in internal medicine and will work at AFMC’s Fort Smith campus.

Dr. Edwards received her medical degree in 2008 from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. She was an internal medicine resident at UAMS from 2008 to 2011. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology and minor in information technology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2003.

She has more than 10 years of experience in various health care settings. Before coming to AFMC she served as medical director for Humana’s central region Medicare Advantage, and she still 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.

In selecting Dr. Edwards, AFMC’s Chief Medical Director Dr. Chad Rogers said, “Dr. Edwards brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to AFMC. We look forward to her new insights about how we can continue to provide the highest quality of medical review work that our customers expect from us.”

AFMC’s 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.

Dr. Edwards 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.