Honorees

NATHANIEL BEDFORD PRIMARY CARE AWARD –  Recognizes a primary care physician for exemplary, compassionate, comprehensive, and dedicated care of their patients.

David A. Blandino, MD 
Dr. Blandino is a Family Physician who has been engaged in nearly all aspects of health care, from clinical practice to clinical teaching to writing.
He has been with East Liberty Family Health Care Center for over seven years and is on staff at UPMC Shadyside, Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC and West Penn Hospital.  In addition to being one of Pittsburgh’s Top Docs, Dr. Blandino is a published author with articles in peer reviewed journals.  He has served as Chairman of the Board at Allegheny Health Network and serves as a Board Member of Highmark Inc., and West Penn Allegheny Health System.


RALPH C. WILDE LEADERSHIP AWARD – Recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional skill in clinical care of patients and dedication to the ideals of the medical profession as teacher or profession leader.

George J. Magovern, Jr., MD 
“Dr. Magovern, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery for Allegheny Health Network, is a renowned heart surgeon with an outstanding record of clinical, academic and administrative leadership.  His vision and leadership have made Allegheny General Hospital and the entire Allegheny Health Network one of the nation’s premier cardiac programs.
Dr. Magovern established the heart transplant program at Allegheny General Hospital in 1987.  Now AGH’s heart transplant program is one of the country’s best in patient care quality and outcomes, based on data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.
Dr. Magovern created the successful Open-Heart Surgery Observation Program in 2009.  It has given more than 5,000 middle and high school students from the tri-state area the unique opportunity to watch a live open-heart surgery, via an observation booth that had previously gone unused.  The program is so popular, that it is booked from September through May, with classes often scheduled five days a week.  School districts that have experienced the program want to bring students in repeatedly, thus the program now has a waiting list so that new districts and schools can be accommodated.”


PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEER AWARD –  Recognizes a physician for the donation of their time or talents for charitable, clinical, educational or community service activities, domestically or internationally.

Operation Walk Pittsburgh:
Anthony M. DiGioia, III, MD 
Michael W. Weiss, MD

Dr. DiGioia is the founder and co-medical director of Operation Walk Pittsburgh and the medical director of the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Women’s Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Weiss is a founding member of Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers who does total hip and knee replacement surgery at UPMC-Passavant Hospital and is co-medical director for Operation Walk Pittsburgh.

Since Operation Walk Pittsburgh’s inaugural international trip in August of 2009 to Antigua, Guatemala, the Pittsburgh team has performed 432 surgeries on 353 patients in three countries. The team returned to Guatemala in 2010 then traveled to Panama in 2011, Honduras in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and Cuba in 2016. Each year, a team 50-70 volunteers is assembled with surgeons, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, medical technicians, nurses, sponsor representatives and dedicated family members. These trips not only serve as a way to Grant the Wish to Walk but also as an educational and training opportunity to help better the skills of medical professionals worldwide.


RICHARD E. DEITRICK HUMANITY IN MEDICINE AWARD –  Honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians.

Jeannette E. South-Paul, MD
Jeannette E. South-Paul, M.D., is chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the permanent chair of a department at the School of Medicine; and one of a small number of African-American chairs in medical schools nationwide.
Dr. South-Paul is widely recognized for her research in the area of maternal-child health-especially teen pregnancy.  She has had multiple honors to include election into the National Academy of Medicine and the Gold Humanism Society.
Beyond her family medicine interests, she also has an interest in socio-cultural issues in health care and health care in special populations.  Dr. South-Paul is a widely recognized speaker and author on cultural competence in medical education; the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture on health; cultural diversity and academic medicine; and the development of minority faculty.
She served as an active duty colonel in the United States Army, retiring after 22 years of service prior to coming to the University of Pittsburgh.  While on the faculty of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD, she served as chair of the department of family medicine, vice president of minority affairs and president of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. South-Paul is a former chair of the minority affairs section of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Physicians.


BENJAMIN RUSH INDIVIDUAL AWARD –  Recognizes an individual who devotes time, skills, or resources to assisting others and contributes to the advancement of healthcare (not a physician).

Father Regis Ryan
Father Regis Ryan is the retired Executive Director Emeritus of the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council.  He received a BA in Philosophy from St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe, PA in 1962 and an S.T.B. in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD in 1964.  He served as the priest-in- residence of St. John of God Roman Catholic parish in McKees Rocks. Father Ryan is one of the founders of Focus on Renewal (FOR) in McKees Rocks and his vision directly led to the establishment of the Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council in 1971.Founded in 1969, Focus on Renewal grew to include a health center, food bank, early childhood programs and adult education programs, a public library, and the arts center named for Father Ryan.  It spun off an apartment building for seniors, a credit union and the health center into independent nonprofits.  Ryan said he and the organization’s founders never planned for it to get into so many fields but were just responding to the community’s needs and would continue to do so.Father Ryan serves on several boards in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, including the Family Support Policy Board, SWPA Area Health Education Center, and Healthy Start, Inc.  He is a member of the Allegheny County Children’s Cabinet. Father Ryan has received numerous awards including the Caritas Award from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Public Citizen of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Social Workers, the Community Hero Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, the 2005 Carolyn Baxter Lifetime Achievement Award from the PA Forum for Primary Healthcare, and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers. At the local level, Fr. Ryan regularly attends the meetings of the Stowe Township Commissioners and the Sto-Rox School District.


BENJAMIN RUSH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION AWARD –  Recognizes a company, institution, organization, or agency that is successfully addressing a community health issue (not a hospital or care facility).

Lead Pittsburgh
LEAD Pittsburgh was founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization focused on the illness of depression and its disabling impact on individuals, families, friends, and colleagues.
Sheila Fine is the principal founder of LEAD Pittsburgh.  Her interest in depression piqued after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal, Grim Reminder On Mental Illness; Detroit Executive’s Bouts With Depression.
She quickly learned that depression touches all individuals in all aspects of society. Thus, LEAD evolved as a response to Sheila’s exploration of depression: prevention, causes, and treatments. Her search for answers and the work of the LEAD Pittsburgh team amply illustrate how progress toward the goal of eliminating the stigma attached to depression and removing barriers to quality treatment requires communitywide involvement and fundamental systemic changes.
In 2009, LEAD identified a report, “Preventing Mental Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People” complied by the Research Council of the Institute of Medicine.   The report recommended that programs which focused on teaching resiliency skills to the 18 – 25 year old age group could be protective against the development of anxiety and depression.
Using this report as the basis for future planning, LEAD sought out national experts in the field of resilience education. LEAD hosted a spring and fall symposium in 2010, and invited speakers to present to an audience from the college and university community in the region. Armed with the knowledge and understanding that resilience skills can be taught, the educational community became interested in a course to teach resilience skills to college freshmen. Responding to the need, LEAD committed to finding the resources to develop such a curriculum on behalf of the participating colleges/universities in the region.
SCoRE® (Student Curriculum on Resilience Education) was created through a partnership with 3C Institute and the initial phase was released in May 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA.


EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD – Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and advocacy for physicians.  Over a sustained time, the recipient shall have displayed administrative guidance and support to physicians to improve their ability to improve the lives and health of the people of our community.

James TroupCEO Pediatric Alliance
James Troup is the Chief Executive Officer of Pediatric Alliance, an independent practice of pediatricians with 17 offices and 43 physicians.  Dr. Jennifer R. Romero, MD, who nominated Mr. Troup, wrote:  “I have been privileged to work with Mr. Troup as President of the Board of Pediatric Alliance for the last several years. Mr. Troup has shown excellent leadership, guidance, and motivation for the physicians of Pediatric Alliance.
Mr. Troup’s leadership has poised Pediatric Alliance to be the largest independent group of physicians in Western Pennsylvania. He has led our organization into optimizing our cutting edge EMR system, into joining and molding the Western PA Health Information Exchange, and through the process of maintaining our independence while collaborating with Allegheny Health Network and UPMC. His vision has helped grow Pediatric Alliance through the opening of 4 additional Primary Care Divisions while maintaining our Best Places to Work in Pittsburgh status over the last 4 years.
Mr. Troup’s guidance has served the physician led and staffed committees of Pediatric Alliance. His recommendations of how we can remain relevant and strong in the medical community has guided the agendas of our Committees on Quality Improvement, EMR, Human Resources and Finance. In addition, his guidance has helped direct and support our individual Primary Care Divisions as we strive to serve our local communities as Pediatricians.
Finally, Mr. Troup has motivated the physicians of Pediatric Alliance to think of how we can expand our role in the medical community while maintaining our commitment to excellent Primary Care. He helped focus our efforts as we became a Level III Certified Patient Centered Medical Home. He has led our clinical staff management team to ensure Pediatric Alliance attains the highest levels of Meaningful Use.On behalf of the Pediatric Alliance Board of Directors, I enthusiastically nominate Mr. James Troup for the ACMS Executive Leadership Award.”