Awards honor physicians' efforts

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 6, 2006

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The American Medical Association Foundation will recognize four physicians who aid underserved populations with the Pride in the Profession Award, to be presented March 12 during the Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The recipients are:

  • Theodore Wymyslo, MD, a family physician at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He and a colleague established the Reach Out of Montgomery County program, which provides care to low-income patients who have little or no health insurance.
  • William Schecter, MD, co-founder of Operation Access in San Francisco and a professor of clinical surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Marianito "Mark" Asperilla, MD, an infectious disease specialist who opened the Charlotte County HIV Clinic in Port Charlotte, Fla.
  • Sylvia Campbell, MD, a general surgeon in Tampa, Fla., who provides care to thousands of patients each year who have no health insurance.

Urologist Catherine deVries, MD, of Salt Lake City, will receive the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine. Dr. deVries established International Volunteers in Urology to enhance urological education and training worldwide.

Anne Louise Barlow, MD, MPH, an internist in Fernandina Beach, Fla., will receive the Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. Dr. Barlow oversees a program dedicated to giving care to the medically underserved, especially women and children.

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