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r. Forrest grew up in Raleigh, N.C. and graduated from NC State University with his Pre-Med Bachelor of Science Degree and a Minor in Music.

He completed medical school at UNC Chapel Hill and internship and residency at Wake Forest University.  He is currently CEO and Founder of the Access Healthcare Direct network of Direct Primary Care (DPC) practices. In 2001, he founded Access Healthcare, the first DPC family medicine practice in the country. He is a pioneer in DPC and organizer of the DPC National Summits.  He has helped physicians in 33 states to transition to new models of care over the last two decades. He has consulted for integrated health systems and health care industry companies and teaches a class for the UNC School of Medicine called “New Models of Care” and also the “Disruptive Innovation in Health Care” for the NCSU MBA program and has developed a DPC Residency Curriculum. He has been a featured/keynote speaker at many national conferences including at “12 Gurus” that was presented live on Broadway. He has made numerous TV and radio appearances and has been featured on the cover of several publications including Medical Economics and the Weekly Standard Magazine for his innovation. He was named a “ChangeMaker in Medicine” by Medical Economics Magazine in 2018. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Health Affairs, Physician’s Practice, and Kiplinger’s. He is the current President of the DPCMH Association (DPCMH.org) a not for profit dedicated to education about the DPC model and to providing scholarships. He was the Founder and first Chair of the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) DPC Interest Group. He has helped shape policy on DPC and the DPC Toolkit and Workshops for the AAFP.  He serves on the Board of Directors of COSEHC, which received a $15.8 million grant from CMS as a Practice Transformation Network for 4800 practices with the focus being on comparing practices transitioned to DPC versus PCMH, ACOs, and other advanced models. He served as NC Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) President in 2012. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC and ECU and has taught medical students for 16 years. His practice is one of 33 National Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence since 2009 and he has been a national thought leader in cardiovascular disease with over 200 lectures on these topics in the last 5 years.  He authored the Chapter on Hypertension in the Textbook “Essentials of Family Medicine” and has been an ASH Certified Hypertension Specialist since 2009.  He has published research on Quality Improvement in CV disease with a focus on health disparities that was evaluated as one of the Best Practices by the CDC.  He also serves on the Cardiovascular Committee of the National Quality Forum which evaluates quality metrics for payers such as CMS and guideline organizations. As faculty for COSEHC he has facilitated grant funded QI projects throughout the Southeast resulting in NCQA recognition of those practices as centers of excellence and resulting in publications (COSMIC, AT GOAL).  He served on the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force from 2012-2017 where he advised policy for the NC Legislature and he Chaired the Stroke Advisory Committee. In his non-professional time, Dr. Forrest enjoys his family including his foster children, composing music, organizing free clinics, placing Bibles as a Gideon, being an amateur magician, and teaching martial arts. www.accesshealthcaredirect.com

Recent Speaking

  • AAFP Direct Primary Care Workshop- Developer and Faculty Atlanta 2015 and 2017
  • AAFP FMX Annual meeting Faculty for “Direct Primary Care 101” 2014, 2016
  • “Hope for the Independent Family Physician-How a Direct Care Model can Help Meet the Quadruple Aim” Presented at AAFP Annual Leadership Forum as Plenary and as Workshop 5/2014- similar presentation made to AAFP Board of Directors at Board meeting in 2013- also presented at multiple state AFP chapters.
  • AAPS meeting “Direct Primary Care as a Free Market Solution and alternative to the ACA”2015
  • “SGR, ICD-10, Meaningful USE, RAC Medicare Audits-Frankly, I Don’t Give a Hoot-I’m a DPC Doc” Presented as morning Plenary at AAFP Annual Leadership Forum 5/2014
  • “How a Direct Care Model can create Healthy and Happy Endocrinology Practices-the Medical Credit Card”  presented as special session of the annual AACE meeting 5/2014
  • ACOFP  “Direct Primary Care as an Alternative Model to Meet the Quadruple Aim” Annual Meeting 2013

Past Presentations

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