Meet the 2012-2013 award recipients
Each year, patients and physicians nominate extraordinary family physicians and others working on behalf of family medicine, and these people are honored with a TAFP award. TAFP honors its award recipients at the Business and Awards Lunch held each Annual Session and Scientific Assembly.
The 2012-2013 award recipients were honored during TAFP’s Annual Session in Austin, Texas, on July 14.
Physician of the Year – Justin V. Bartos III, M.D.
Dr. Bartos currently serves as medical director of the Dr. David Pillow Senior Health Clinic in North Richland Hills, where he provides comprehensive geriatric care for Medicare patients. He previously practiced for more than 25 years at North Hills Family Medicine, providing multigenerational care in the private practice setting. He is known for providing comprehensive, compassionate, and caring family medicine, and for his passion for the advancement of the specialty.
Physician Emeritus – Henry J. Boehm Jr., M.D.
Dr. Boehm practiced family medicine in his hometown of Brenham for almost 50 years. During his career, he has served as chief of staff at the local hospital, on the faculty of the Texas A&M medical school, and as medical director of the Washington County EMS and of AMA Home Care and Gazebo Terrace Nursing Home, as well as many other leadership positions in the Academy, his community, and his church.
Presidential Award of Merit – Lewis E. Foxhall, M.D.
Dr. Foxhall is a family physician, professor, and senior leader at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in organized medicine on all levels, including serving as TAFP president and on the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees. He was honored specifically for his leadership as director of the Texas Statewide Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.
Patient Advocacy Award – Representative Vicki Truitt
Representative Truitt has represented northeast Tarrant County, House District 98, in the Texas House of Representatives for more than 10 years. Long preceding her time in the Legislature, she and her husband, Jim, were involved in health care, lending to her sharp understanding of the specialty’s concerns.
Public Health Award – David S. Buck, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Buck, president and founder of Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston, has shown leadership and advocacy for the city’s homeless population since he first began working with the underserved 30 years ago. A family physician, he currently serves as professor of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and as professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston.
Exemplary Teaching Award – Donald Briscoe, M.D.
Dr. Briscoe is the program director of the Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency, and chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He has been recognized with numerous teaching awards and is known as an excellent leader and mentor, working hard to create a robust learning environment for the residents and motivating them to pursue lifelong learning with his own enthusiasm for the specialty.
Medical School Award of Achievement – University of North Texas Health Science Center / Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
This award honors Texas medical schools that achieve 25 percent of graduates entering family medicine. TAFP established it in 1993 to encourage Texas medical schools to increase the number of graduates entering family medicine residencies. This is the 15th award for UNT. The school demonstrates a strong dedication to primary care and has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top medical schools in the nation for primary care.
Special Constituency Leadership Award – Linda Siy, M.D.
Dr. Siy is a family physician at JPS Health Center Northeast in Bedford. She has been a strong advocate for all special constituencies and, as a member of the women constituency, has served as an outstanding leader in TAFP, AAFP, and in her community.
TAFP Foundation Philanthropist of the Year – Edwin R. Franks, M.D.
Dr. Franks, now retired, practiced family medicine for 51 years in the rural community of Iraan, Texas. He was one of 12 founding members of the modern TAFP Foundation and continues to contribute monthly in support of the Foundation’s mission to encourage medical students to choose family medicine, support family medicine resident activities, and fund family medicine office-based research.
TAFP Political Action Committee Award – Lloyd P. Van Winkle, M.D.
Dr. Van Winkle, a family physician in Castroville, has served as chair of the TAFP Political Action Committee for six years. During his tenure, the nonpartisan political arm of the Academy has steadily increased its resources and has gained donors—many through his personal encouragement. He is a passionate advocate for his patients and for family medicine, and he has led the effort to foster relationships with legislators and advance our specialty’s interests at the state Capitol.