Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award – Ronald L. Thomas, MD

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Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award – Recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional skill in their clinical care of patients and dedication to the ideals of the medical profession as a teacher or profession leader.

Ronald L. Thomas, MD

Specialty:  Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Graduate:  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 1981
ACMS:  1991
Allegheny General Hospital, West Penn Hospital

Dr. Thomas began his career as a high school teacher of physics and mathematics at McDowell High School near Erie.  He became interested in medicine through tutoring hospitalized students. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Thomas completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, and was sponsored by the US Navy for fellowship training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  Dr. Thomas served 14 years in the US Navy.

For his entire medical career, Dr. Thomas has been involved in the training of medical students and residents.  He has special expertise in the use of prenatal ultrasound for both diagnostic and management purposes. He is dedicated to the health of mothers and babies, and to helping women faced with high-risk pregnancies.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Thomas has delivered eight sets of quadruplets.

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Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Award – Mark W. Guy, MD

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Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Award – Recognizes a primary care physician for exemplary, compassionate, comprehensive and dedicated care of their patients.

Mark W. Guy, MD

Specialty:  Family Medicine.
Graduate:  University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1990.
ACMS:  1991.
Allegheny General Hospital; UPMC Mercy Hospital.

 

Dr. Guy has lived in, and provided primary care services to, the North Side and Northern Boroughs of Pittsburgh for 20 years. A 1990 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Guy spent the following year working in a mission hospital as a clinic and hospital physician at Matru Jong Hospital in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Upon his return to Pittsburgh, he completed his residency in family practice at St. Margaret’s Memorial Hospital in 1994.

After his residency, Dr. Guy co-founded Community Primary Care, a full service, community based primary care practice in the Northern Boroughs of Pittsburgh.  He and his partners also established the North Side Christian Health Center (NSCHC) in 1995, a not for profit, faith based, inner city clinic to improve access to health care services for uninsured and underinsured patients at risk.  Dr. Guy served as a staff physician at the clinic through 2010.  Today, the NSCHC provides comprehensive primary and preventive medical and dental care to approximately 5,500 patients.

Over the last decade Dr. Guy’s focus has been on improving health care outcomes using LEAN principles to integrate and improve practice delivery systems. He is passionate about using his experience with the use and implementation of the EHR, clinical practice, informatics and disruptive change management to fundamentally improve the safety, quality of care and patient experience delivered by health care systems. Dr. Guy continues to practice primary care part time at Community Primary Care, while assisting in the transformation of the ambulatory clinical area of the Allegheny Health Network.

In addition, Dr. Guy supports a small, community based addiction clinic for those addicted to opiates without access to medical support for recovery. He provides a particular sensitivity and focus on behavioral medicine in the setting of primary care, especially related to mood disorders and family/marriage dynamics.

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Guy continues to dedicate himself to teaching future family physicians and to provide outstanding individualized care to his patients. “He is a wonderful physician who puts his patients and their medical needs first. He cares about each as a person and not just a patient,” says one of the patients who nominated Dr. Guy for this award.

Dr. Guy lives on the North Side of Pittsburgh, where he and his wife Christine raised their three children.

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Physician Volunteer Award – William H. Markle, MD and Mary Markle, RN

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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.

William H. Markle, MD and Mary Markle, RN

Specialty:  Family Medicine.
Graduate:  Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (Hershey) 1973.
ACMS:  2014.
UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

Beginning in 1991 Dr. Markle served as a medical missionary in Indonesia for seven years.  He and his wife, Mary, share a commitment to caring for the most vulnerable and demonstrated that dedication during their time there.  Dr. Markle was one of the founding directors of the Pittsburgh chapter of the not-for-profit “Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc.,” and helped establish an on-going medical and civic mission to the village of San Jose, Honduras, and the surrounding communities.  Shoulder to Shoulder’s commitment has now resulted in the construction of a school and health clinic where none existed, so that care can be provided year round by a physician and nurse in residence.  Dr. Markle spends one week per year in Port-au-Prince, as well as recruiting and precepting medical students and residents who accompany him there, profoundly influencing the next generation of global health care servants.

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