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NORWALK, Connecticut, USA (Dec. 16, 2009) - HealthDay, a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news, is pleased to announce that its Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Cynthia Haines, has been elected 63rd President of the St. Louis Academy of Family Physicians (SLAFP).

"I am honored to serve as President of the SLAFP. As a native St. Louisan and daughter of a family physician, both family medicine and St. Louis have always been a large part of my life. My husband's grandfather was the town doctor of Du Quoin, Illinois for decades. Through these influential role models, I base my own mission of service through health education and outreach," said Dr. Haines. "In office this year, I will strive to increase the visibility of our organization and its members amongst our community and beyond."

Her term will run for a period of one year (January - December 2010). Previously Dr. Haines served the chapter as Vice President in 2009, Treasurer in 2007-2008, and a Board Member since 2004.

Cynthia Haines, MD, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine, is Chief Medical Officer of HealthDay and Managing Editor of HealthDay's Physician's Briefing. Additionally, Dr. Haines is featured on HealthDay TV-a daily web-based video that covers important current medical topics.

Dr. Haines also writes a weekly online newspaper column and contributes additional health news stories to The St. Louis Beacon (www.stlbeacon.org), provides weekly radio health segments on KTRS 550 St. Louis and has written for a variety of other online health information sources.

Dr. Haines is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and the American Diabetes Association. She serves as a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine and is a member of the International Mensa Society. Entering college at age 16, Dr. Haines received her double degree in biology and psychology from St. Louis University and a doctorate of medicine with distinction from St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Haines' mission is to contribute to the empowerment of the patient within us all through education and communication.

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