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AMA Foundation Honors Compassionate Physicians With Excellence in Medicine Awards

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation will honor six physicians with awards representing the highest ideals of medical service in providing care to underserved patients. These physicians are recognized for their altruism, compassion, leadership, excellence, integrity and high ethical standards. The physicians will be presented with awards during the seventh annual Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner on March 9, 2009 preceding the AMA's National Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C.

"These physicians make a difference in the lives of uninsured and underinsured patients through efforts that range from providing mobile health clinics, to opening facilities in both cities and rural communities, to improving health care on a global level," commented AMA Foundation President Jean Howard. "They are selflessly volunteering their time, effort, knowledge and resources to improve people's health and well-being, and I can not think of a more noble calling."

Four physicians will receive the Pride in the Profession Award, one physician will receive the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine and the sixth physician will receive the Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.

The Pride in the Profession Awards honor physicians who aid underserved populations in the United States.

Randi Abramson, M.D. has dedicated her career to providing primary care to uninsured, primarily African-American and Latino patients, through Bread for the City, a Washington D.C. clinic that experiences over 8,000 patient visits each year.

Regina Benjamin, M.D., MBA founded the Bayou Le Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, which she has rebuilt three times due to Hurricanes George and Katrina, as well as a fire. One third of this small fishing village is comprised of immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and more than 1 in 5 families live below the poverty level.

David Muller, M.D.'s entire clinical practice revolves around the care of homebound patients in New York City. Dr. Muller spearheaded Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors, the largest academic physician home visiting program in the country, which provides primary care and end-of-life care for 1,000 homebound patients annually in Harlem.

Nancy Oriol, M.D. founded the Family Van, a mobile clinic in Boston's underserved communities that has served 80,000 patients over the past 16 years. Her program has been replicated in other communities in the United States, including Chicago, Providence and Philadelphia. Cultural competence and respect are a cornerstone of this program.

The Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine honors a physician for outstanding international service in the areas of medical practice, medical education or medical research.

AppaRao Mukkamala, M.D., from Grand Blanc, Michigan, established NRI Medical College and General Hospital in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The medical school has dramatically impacted health care in India by providing a stream of physicians into the country as well as cutting-edge medical research and free care to the community.

The Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism honors a senior (more than 55 years old) physician's commitment to volunteer medical care provided to those without access to health care in the United States.

Richard Baylor, M.D., an 85-year-old retired physician from Kilmarnock, Virginia, spearheaded the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic at the age of 70. He recently stepped down as medical director but continues to have a daily presence at the clinic. During his tenure, the clinic has provided $26 million in health care to the working poor, which reached 4,500 patients and provided more than 58,000 patient visits.

As the philanthropic arm of the American Medical Association, the AMA Foundation is committed to advancing healthcare in America through programs in medical education, research and public health. Visit or call (312) 464-4200 for more information.

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