John L. Bender, M.D., FAAFP is a board-certified family medicine physician, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the senior partner and Chief Executive Officer at Miramont Family Medicine based in Fort Collins Colorado. In 2008 Miramont received NCQA level III recognition for its Patient Centered Medical Home model and in 2010 won the national HiMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology. In 2011, The Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Foundation named Miramont the Patient Centered Medical Home of the Year.
Dr. Bender serves as President-Elect of the Colorado Medical Society, on the Board and as past President and past Chair of the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, and is a past President of the Northern Colorado Individual Practice Association (IPA). From 2006-2007 he served as the Alternate Delegate for the American Medical Association’s Young Physician Section representing family physicians at the national level. Several of his resolutions are now national policy for both the AMA and AAFP. He regularly serves as Doctor of the Day at the Colorado state capitol, testifies on bills every session, and has worked on various pieces of legislation that are now law in his home state dealing with immunization registries and the corporate practice of medicine. Dr. Bender is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine with a preceptor appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a preceptor to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He teaches medical students and midlevel providers-in-training in his private group medical practice. In 2012, he testified in Washington DC before the United States Congress Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health about the proven value of the Patient Centered Medical Home. He also serves as one of nine physicians on the NCQA Review Oversight Committee (ROC) and chairs the HiMSS Davies Ambulatory Award committee.
His past military experience includes eleven years as a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserve as a Flight Surgeon, and two years as a commissioned Major in the United States Army Reserve. In July 2000, President Clinton ordered Major Bender’s unit to Kosovo where he served as the Medical Director for an Acute Care Center in the surgical hospital at Camp Bondsteel after the Serbian offensive.
Dr. Bender is married to his childhood sweetheart, Teresa, who is the practice administrator for their four clinic locations. They have two adult sons both who serve proudly in the United States Marine Corps, two adult daughters, and three grandchildren.