In 2009, Tim Caffrey was commiserating with two other Family Physicians at the end of another day of primary care at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The trio had reached a collective epiphany: practicing medicine wasn’t fun anymore. Increasing administrative burdens, the fragmentation of care, and a perverse payment system had created a system that routinely disappointed patients, practitioners, and payers.
That chance epiphany led Tim to refocus his work fixing the healthcare delivery system. From the Army’s Medical Command Headquarters, he led a collaboration of physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators to define, develop and deploy a new model of primary care that delivery for 1.4 million patients. He continued that work at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia where a led the transformation and integration of primary care, emergency services, and sub-specialty care and behavioral health.
Tim is from Massachusetts and graduated from Williams College with a degree in Political Economics and a minor in Chinese politics and culture. He then worked as an analyst and consultant at the International Data Corporation until deciding to become a physician, Having taken only one science course in college (astronomy) he enrolled in a post-baccalaureate pre-med program before matriculating at Dartmouth Medical School.
He joined the Army Medical Corps and has served in Augusta, Georgia; Vicenza, Italy; Kosovo; Grafenwoehr, Germany; San Antonio, Texas, Columbus, Georgia; and Kabul, Afghanistan. He recently returned to San Antonio to start year seven of a planned one-year renovation of a 1920’s bungalow. He is joined in that undertaking by his wife and two youngest children. His two oldest children wisely stayed on the East Coast.