Local physician joins faculty

Joseph Fritz, MD

H. Joseph Fritz, MD, has joined the College as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, where he will work with residents in hospital and clinic settings.

Fritz received his medical degree from The University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the College’s Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency.

A board-certified Family Medicine physician, Fritz has been in private practice in Tuscaloosa since 1978. Although he has worked with residents and medical students during his years in practice, he says he is looking forward to the transition to an academic setting. “What a great opportunity for me,” Fritz says. “I expect to be challenged by the young doctors and learn a lot from them and my colleagues.”

Fritz’s practice, which is now operated by the College, is located in the Fairfax Medical Park complex in Tuscaloosa.

Fritz says he believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the College, which, in part, focuses on the training of Family Medicine physicians to serve in rural communities across the region. “Family physicians are in a unique position to impact patients’ health. The faith they [patients] place in you is humbling,” he says.

Fritz, along with his late wife, Carolyn, has been active in the community as a volunteer at Kentuck, RISE, and the Good Samaritan Clinic. He is also a member of the board at the Children’s Hands-On Museum, the Leadership Board of The University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences and the vestry at Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa.