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Family Physician, Teacher of the Year 2017

Introducing the 2017 PAFP Award Winners!

The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 awards: Family Physicians of the Year Dr. Anna Doubeni and Dr. Mary Fabian and Exemplary Teacher of the Year Dr. Richard Bruehlman! Please read their biographies below.

Anna Doubeni, MD of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2017 co-Family Physician of the Year, began her medical career at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She trained at Duke University, completed her national health service in rural North Carolina, and completed her preventive medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts.

Doubeni returned to Philadelphia four years ago and practices with Penn Family Care in West Philadelphia, while also teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the lead physician for Priority Access, a program which assists patients with frequent emergency room utilization, and lead physician for the Penn Family Care home visit program.

Doubeni brings to family practice a strong sense of community-based care and population health, and is the director of population health management for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is interested in access to care in developing countries, preventive medicine in primary care, and obesity management.

Doubeni’s colleagues rave about her commitment to public service and work in global health, population health, and care for underserved patients.

“Dr. Doubeni is first and foremost a superb family physician,” said one colleague. “She is extremely bright, but most impressive is her unwavering commitment to the compassionate care of all people. Her patients greatly appreciate her attentive and competent care. She has particularly dedicated herself to those ‘super-utilizer’ patients who do not know how to navigate the health system or their health and yet have serious illnesses that require a lot of visits.”

“She is a great clinician applying evidence-based medicine for the best care of her patients,” said another. “With incredible stamina and perseverance, Dr. Doubeni continues the immeasurable work that she does every day and serves as a positive role model … she has dedicated her life to care for the underserved.”

Congratulations, Dr. Anna Doubeni, for earning the PAFP’s 2017 Family Physician of the Year Award!

Mary Fabian, MD of Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2017 co-Family Physician of the Year, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown. She attended the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center Family Practice Residency.

Fabian currently practices with St. Luke’s Physician Group in Allentown. In addition to her PAFP membership, Fabian is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

Fabian holds a special interest in research issues involving woman’s health care and patient education in preventive care in women’s health, tobacco cessation programs, and opiate awareness. She is involved in the Brandywine Heights Drug Task Force and Kutztown Strong as the school physician representative to these groups. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, swimming, singing, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Fabian’s patients and colleagues say that the personalized care and compassion she provides is unique in this day and age.

“She is extremely flexible when scheduling physical exams for the students in the school and always offers to return if someone is absent,” said one colleague about Fabian’s role as a school physician. “Dr. Fabian takes the time with each student to teach them healthy habits and answer any questions they may have. Not many physicians would do that.”

“In our area there are physicians a-plenty, so we don't go to her because there is a lack of options,” said a patient whose entire family is cared for by Dr. Fabian. “We go to her because of the kindness and skill that we couldn't possibly find anyplace else … We just couldn't see trusting the care of our family to anybody else. If there is a physician out there who deserves to be recognized among the best of the best, it would be Dr. Mary Fabian.”

Congratulations, Dr. Mary Fabian, for earning the PAFP’s 2017 Family Physician of the Year Award!

Richard D. Bruehlman, MD, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2017 Exemplary Teacher of the Year, graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Biology and Psychology. He attended Jefferson Medical College, where he received his MD, and completed his residency training in family medicine at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he served as chief resident.

Following residency, Dr. Bruehlman served as National Health Service Corps physician, practicing in underserved communities in North Carolina, before returning to Pennsylvania in 1987 to join Glenshaw Medical Associates in Gibsonia, where he continues to practice today at UPMC Renaissance Family Medicine. He has served for 30 years as a preceptor and teacher of family medicine residents at UPMC St. Margaret.

Dr. Bruehlman has served as chair of the UPMC St. Margaret Hospital Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Director of Family Health Centers and Director of Preceptors. He has led many instructional clinical courses and workshops for residents and participated in 10 service trips to Tajikistan, Kyrygyzstan, Moldova, and Georgia. Dr. Bruehlman has been named a Pittsburgh Magazine “Best Doctor in Pittsburgh” for the last five years.

The impact of Dr. Bruehlman’s career, if measured by the gratitude and adoration of his current and former residents and colleagues, is just as impressive as his professional and academic accomplishments.

One colleague selected UPMC St. Margaret in part due to her impressions of Dr. Bruehlman during her interview visit. He became an important mentor and teacher, as she recalls Dr. Bruehlman “Dedicat(ing) himself wholeheartedly to not only improving our medical knowledge and skills, but also to ensuring our well-being as residents. He was always happy to chat with us about work, the hospital, or our personal lives, always providing sage, and often humorous, advice.”

Dr. Bruehlman’s sense of humor is as much a key to his teaching success as his clinical acumen. He maintains an email-driven in-training exam review, and just as he does in his daily “progress rounds,” weekly teaching conferences, and spring board review course, opens each question with “funny, captivating vignettes … drawing upon the finest literary styles of famous murder mystery writers,” said another colleague. His colleagues credit his efforts with the program’s 100 percent board pass rate and above national average scores each year.

Congratulations, Dr. Bruehlman, for earning the PAFP’s 2017 Exemplary Teaching Award!

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