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story.lead_photo.caption Dr. Matthew Nix Photo by Submitted to the Texarkana Gazette / Texarkana Gazette.

Dr. Matthew Nix of Texarkana was recently names as the president of the Arkansas Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Nix is medical director for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Family Medical Center in Texarkana, Arkansas, and is an associate professor for the UAMS College of Medicine. He is also an associate program director for the UAMS Family Residency Program at the campus in Texarkana.

He graduated from Arkansas High School in 1995 and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1999 with a bachelor's degree. He received his doctorate in medicine from UAMS in 2003 and completed his residency at the UAMS campus in Texarkana in 2006.

The Arkansas Chapter of the AAFP has more than 1,450 members and is the state's largest medical specialty organization.

"The AAFP was founded to promote and maintain high quality standards for family doctors who are providing comprehensive health care to the public," states the organization's website. "In 1971 the name was changed to the American Academy of Family Physicians in order to reflect more accurately the changing nature of primary health care."

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