Salko named president of Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians recently chose Dr. Philip Salko to take the reins of the chapter as president during its latest conference.

Salko was sworn in as president of the chapter by American Academy of Family Physicians President-elect Dr. John S. Cullen at the 26th Annual Primary Care Conference held at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University March 23. At the time of the conference, Salko was the president-elect and treasurer of the RIAFP and a member of the education committee that helped plan the two-day event for family physicians, physician assistants and nurses in the region.

Salko’s goal during his two-year presidency is to increase the membership of the Rhode Island Academy and to make the support system behind family medicine stronger than it currently is in Rhode Island. In just the first couple of months since being sworn in, he has secured the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University for the 27th Primary Care Conference in March of 2019, brokered a deal with the AAFP and R.I. Department of Health Board of Medical Licensure to exclude all family physicians from the biannual audit if they are members of the RIAFP/AAFP and hosted the RIAFP’s first quarterly meeting with guest speaker R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim.

Salko, a member of University Orthopedics, is board-certified in family medicine and certificate of added qualification trained in primary care sports medicine. Salko specializes in primary care sports medicine and interventional pain management utilizing ultrasound, fluoroscopy and other noninvasive modalities.

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Prior to joining University Orthopedics, Salko worked as chief of primary care sports medicine for a regional orthopedic group. He served as head team physician at Bryant University and as an assistant professor at Brown Medical School. He recently was the recipient of a teaching award through the doctoring program at Brown.

Salko was one of the original founders of the Brown Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, where he serves as assistant site fellowship director. He is also a member of the communications committee of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, as well as board member of the sports medicine advisory committee of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League. He has served as a medical volunteer for the Save The Bay Swim; Rhode Races Newport marathon and half-marathon; North Kingstown High School; Bryant University; Rhode Island Medical Reserve Corps; and Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

Salko received his undergraduate degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in family medicine at Brown University and his fellowship in primary care sports medicine through University of Utah.

Salko lives in North Kingstown with his wife.

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at