Introducing the 2020 PAFP Award Winners!
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce the winners of its 2020 awards! Please read their biographies below.
2020 co-Family Physician of the Year
Delana Wardlaw, MD of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2020 co-Family Physician of the Year, began her medical career at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. She completed her residency training in family medicine at the Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program in Norristown, where she served as chief resident.
Wardlaw practices with Temple Physicians Incorporated at Nicetown in Philadelphia. She serves on the board of the Nicetown Community Development Corporation, which collaborates to implement programs to improve quality of life by providing quality housing and foster social and economic development, and on the advisory board of Odunde, incorporated, which develops and implements community empowerment programs focused on health awareness.
Wardlaw’s patients and colleagues rallied to support her nomination for Family Physician of the Year, with dozens attesting to her tremendous care for her patients and her community service.
“When I have friends and family members that ask about a family physician, I highly endorse Dr. Wardlaw for them,” said one colleague. “Patients appreciate seeing a doctor coming from their own neighbor who has come back to serve their community. She is highly respected for deciding to come back home to practice where she grew up.”
“Dr. Wardlaw connects with her patients on many levels by listening to their concerns and allowing them to be active participants in their health care,” said another colleague. “Her patients often speak of her great bedside manner and trust her to care for them as well as their family members.
Congratulations, Dr. Delana Wardlaw, for earning the PAFP’s 2020 Family Physician of the Year award!
2020 co-Family Physician of the Year
Edward Zurad, MD of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2020 co-Family Physician of the Year, began his medical career at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. He completed his residency training in family medicine at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital Family Practice Residency in Lancaster.
Zurad is a clinical professor at Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton, a clinical associate professor at Temple University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, and a clinical instructor at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey. He has served the PAFP in various capacities including 2018-19 Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2017-18 President, and as a member of the Board of Directors 2009-2015.
Patients and colleagues characterize him as a consummate family physician, an expert in his field.
“Dr. Zurad is the epitomization of community family practitioner,” said a colleague. “His care for patients extends through generations, garnishing immediate respect and recognition by the mere mention of his name, triggering memory attributes for individuals’ most personal experiences in life.”
“I have found Dr. Zurad to be extremely thorough in his knowledge and understanding of all medical issues and the practical application of same to a variety of patients' conditions, diseases, treatment and outcome,” another colleague said. “He truly understands and practices all dynamics of healthcare and is a very caring physician. If he was physically located in my area, I would not hesitate to have him become my personal primary care physician.”
Congratulations, Dr. Edward Zurad, for earning the PAFP’s 2020 Family Physician of the Year award!
2020 Public Health Award winner
Jeffrey Martin, MD of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2020 Public Health Award winner, began his medical career at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He completed his residency training in family medicine at the Lancaster General Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Lancaster.
Martin is the Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn Medicine Lancaster General. He serves on various committees, including the Medical Executive Committee and the Family and Community Medicine Education Committee at Lancaster General Hospital, and in his community as the Medical Director of IU-13 in Lancaster County and the founder of Lancaster Lead Coalition, a stakeholder group focused on eradicating lead poisoning in children in Lancaster County.
A longtime champion of public health causes, colleagues praise him for his leadership and dedication to the health of individuals and communities alike.
“Caring, sincere, dedicated, passionate, and servant-leadership are some just of the most salient qualities that bundled together make Dr. Jeffrey Roth Martin an exceptional candidate for the PAFP Public Health Award,” said a colleague. “His career has been dedicated to being of service to others in the community and not simply delivering quality, patient-centered health care but more importantly advancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities. He has inspired countless residents over his career to consider possibilities and alternative ways to approach delivering quality health care.”
Congratulations, Dr. Jeffrey Martin, for earning the PAFP’s 2020 Public Health Award!
2020 Exemplary Teacher of the Year
Abdul Waheed, MD of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2020 Exemplary
Teacher of the Year, earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University,
Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his residency training in family and community medicine
at the Pennsylvania State University
Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.
Waheed serves as Program Director of WellSpan Good Samaritan
Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Lebanon. In addition to the
PAFP, Waheed is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the
North American Primary Care Research Group. He has lectured on topics including
mentorship during residency training, science and the scientific method, and
the impact on health care of the war on terror.
Waheed’s tremendous impact on family physicians in training
can’t be understated.
“His ability to speak to anyone at their level of knowledge,
and his excitement to share his wealth of knowledge with others are traits that
I hope to someday have as a practicing family medicine physician,” said a
resident. “The many positive traits, and positive affirmations from his
patients that I observed during my medical school rotations at WellSpan Good
Samaritan Hospital solidified in my mind that I wanted to be a part of his
“He is an amazing and very effective teacher who keeps
looking for avenues to improve himself and others when it comes to education,”
said another resident. “I can call him my friend, mentor, coach and most of all
Congratulations, Dr. Abdul Waheed, for earning
the PAFP’s 2020 Exemplary Teacher of the Year award!
Meet the Past Winners
Family Physician of the Year
- 2018: William Taddonio, MD (Norristown, Montgomery County)
- 2018: Michael Gaudiose, MD (Chambersburg, Franklin County)
- 2017: Anna Doubeni, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2017: Mary Fabian, MD (Allentown, Lehigh County)
- 2016: Christopher Echterling, MD (York, York County)
- 2015: Richard Harker, MD (Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County)
- 2014: Craig Johnston, DO (Erie, Erie County)
- 2013: Elizabeth Edmunds, MD (Reading, Berks County)
- 2012: Robert Fawcett, MD (York, York County)
- 2011: Edmund Guelig, MD (Wellsboro, Tioga County)
- 2010: James Devlin, MD (Brockway, Jefferson County)
Exemplary Teacher of the Year
- 2019: Allison Myers, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2019: Gordon Liu, MD (Pittsburgh, Allegheny County)
- 2017: Richard Bruehlman, MD (Allison Park, Allegheny County)
- 2016: Dave O'Gurek, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2015: Robert Langan, MD (Laurys Station, Lehigh County)
- 2014: Patrick McManus, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2013: Gordon Zubrod, MD (York, York County)
- 2012: Amy Crawford-Faucher, MD (West Chester, Chester County)
- 2011: Maria Ghetu, MD (Bethlehem, Lehigh and Northampton counties)
- 2011: Robert Yanoshak, DO (Plains, Luzerne County)
- 2010: Jeffrey Kirchner, MD (Lancaster, Lancaster County)
Public Health Award