AAFP Leader Voices Blog


1. March 13. 2017

Help Students Cut through the Bull: FPs are in Demand


"They said if I went into family medicine, I would be wasting my education."



2. Jan 30, 2017

Keep Calm and Carry On... Being A Family Physician     A Whale of a Tale


"There is a moment of intense clarity during an emergency."



3.Nov. 18, 2016.

 Bare Necessity: Communication is Critical in a Crises


"Sometimes you have to stand up to those more powerful than you. Even the strong don't want conflict if they can avoid it. "



4. Monday March 28, 2016

 Thoughts on Empathy Under the Northern Lights


"We need to take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, turn to loved ones, have faith in a higher power and appreciate beauty where we find it. "


5. October 27, 2015

 Surrounded by Ghosts: Wisdom  Gained From Patients Past.


"Thank-you for so eloquently putting into words what those of us who have been in a small town practice for years feel every day! It IS haunting....and valuable....and a reminder that our patients are our best teachers. Love, love, LOVE this Blog! "      From the comments.


6.Dec. 03, 2014.

 Long-distance Support: Thoughts on Telemedicine at 2:30 am.

In rural areas -- like my practice location in Valdez, Alaska -- telemedicine holds potential to help primary care physicians and our patients.



 Articles Featuring Dr. Cullen


 Baby Saved Along Remote Alaska Highway

Alaska Daily News, December 17, 2010


"Fortunately, Good Samaritans arrived promptly in the form of Valdez family practice Dr. John Cullen and his son, William. They'd seen the crash, rushed to the submerged van, and kicked in the back window after seeing the door handles sheered off. "I just immediately handed them the baby," Watts said. "I do owe him a lot. It was very scary. Obviously, God was with me that day."



 Alaska AFP Provides 'Gathering Place' for Far-flung Physicians.

AAFP News Now , Jan. 31, 2012.


"Still, Cullen can drive to his clinic, which is located just a mile away and which sits only 50 yards from the local hospital. He and his partners provide "full-spectrum family medicine" to the locals. In addition to the urgent, preventive and chronic disease care always handled by FPs, Cullen delivers about 50 babies a year -- some by cesarean section -- and performs surgery when necessary."



 Dramatic rescue saves trapped teenager on glacier

 By Lee Revis, Editor, Valdez Star, July 4, 2012


"Rescuers from the Valdez Fire Dept. performed what Dr. John Cullen said was a “a truly heroic rescue this weekend,” after a 16-year old tourist from Connecticut fell into a crevasse near the top of Worthington Glacier early Saturday afternoon."


Family Medicine: Physicians Find Abundant Career Options, Rewards in an Evolving Specialty

The New England Journal of Medicine, December 11, 2015


"I don’t know of many places you can practice where you have a glacier across the street, but you can have a CT scan read within the hour, or consult with an orthopedic surgeon, neurosurgeon, or radiologist in real time," said Dr. Cullen, whose practice, Valdez Medical Clinic, trains residents and teaches medical students.


 Obamacare's impact on this Alaska town with only one doctor's office

CNN Money, Jan. 19, 2017


"We have no idea what type of plan will replace Obamacare," said Cullen. "I have a lot of loyalty to this community. I've delivered their babies and watched them grow. I don't want to see people go without insurance again."


 Can I Eat Snow? -

March 21, 2017

"It kind of depends," Alaska-based family medicine physician Dr. John Cullen tells U.S. News. Cullen knows a thing or two about snow..."


 Why Men in the United States Don’t Get Vasectomies, Huffington Post

March 29, 2017


 “I think it’s important for men to take responsibility for their own contraception. It’s part of being an adult,” Cullen said. “I don’t think it’s fair for women to have all the responsibility on this.”