Ariz. doctor wins family physician award

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 24, 2005

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Adele O'Sullivan, MD, was named 2006 Family Physician of the Year during the American Academy of Family Physicians' recent annual scientific assembly. The award honors an outstanding family physician who provides patients with compassionate and comprehensive care and serves as a role model to the community, other health professionals, residents and medical students.

Dr. O'Sullivan has committed her life to providing medical care to Arizona's underserved populations, especially the homeless. She has spent the past nine years as medical director of the Maricopa County Health Care for the Homeless Program.

She also is a mentor and a teacher, serving as a clinical lecturer at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, and providing a unique rotation for medical residents and students on the health care needs of the homeless and underserved.

Ten other physicians also were recognized at the AAFP meeting, including Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of Baltimore, who won the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine for her leadership in advancing the development of family medicine, and John L. Pfenninger, MD, of Midland, Mich., who received the Thomas W. Johnson Award for his contributions to family medicine education.

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