Dr. Forrest earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed an internship and residency at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is the chief executive officer and founder of the Access Healthcare Direct network of direct primary care (DPC) practices. He also serves as adjunct professor in the Departments of Family Medicine for the University of North Carolina (UNC) and East Carolina University, and has taught medical students for 17 years.
In 2001, Forrest founded Access Healthcare, the first DPC family medicine practice in the country. He is a pioneer in DPC and organizer of the DPC national summits. He has helped physicians in 36 states to transition to new models of care over the last two decades. He has consulted for integrated health systems and health care industry companies, and has developed a DPC residency curriculum. Forrest teaches classes about the model, including “New Models of Care” at the UNC School of Medicine and “Disruptive Innovation in Health Care” for North Carolina State University’s MBA program.
Forrest has been a featured/keynote speaker at many national conferences, including “12 Gurus” live on Broadway, and made numerous television and radio appearances, including producing and hosting a statewide radio show about health care and being a better health care consumer. He has been featured on the cover of Medical Economics and The Weekly Standard, and appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Health Affairs, Physician’s Practice, and Kiplinger’s. Medical Economics named him a “ChangeMaker in Medicine” in 2018.
Forrest has served on numerous boards for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and other national organizations surrounding DPC and practice enhancement, including being the founder and first chair of the AAFP’s DPC Member Interest Group, helping to shape policy on DPC. He also served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP) in 2012.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family (including three recently adopted foster children), composing music, organizing free clinics, placing Bibles as a Gideon, and being an amateur magician.