2019 ACMS Foundation Gala

Celebration of Excellence Gala

A benefit for the Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation


The 2019 ACMS Foundation Gala Dedication


In Memory of our Fallen Colleague Jerry Paul Rabinowitz, MD, and   

the Victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue Massacre


We salute physician heroism in extraordinary and every day circumstances


The ACMS Foundation Gala honors physicians and partnering community organizations that work in unison to create a healthy region with compassionate medical care. On March 2, 2019, we recognize physician heroism that shines through in extraordinary and every day circumstances; from selfless acts of courage and strength during unexpected tragedies, to the kind touch or comforting word experienced during a routine office visit.  Whether big or small, we celebrate the exceptional presence that each one has on our region and beyond, for the lives they have touched, and the lasting impact they have made in our community.



This Year’s Honorees

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

Ann L. McGaffey, MD

Ann L. McGaffey, MD, FAAFP, has been chosen as the 2018 Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Award recipient. Presented by the ACMS since 1975, the award recognizes a primary care physician for exemplary, compassionate, comprehensive and dedicated care of patients.

A graduate of Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine, Dr. McGaffey is clinical associate professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; assistant director of the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency; and has served as medical director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Family Health Center (BGFHC) since it was established in 1984. Throughout her career, Dr. McGaffey has devoted herself to teaching learners of every level, including faculty, family medicine residents, medical students, support staff, patients and their families.

Under her leadership, the BGFHC has grown from a four-room clinic to a full-service health center with 10,000 patient visits annually. She and first year residents provide comprehensive physicals, health screenings, and public health-based education to four local elementary schools and The Neighborhood Academy. 

A champion for vaccination across the lifespan as a key component of wellness, Dr. McGaffey and the entire health center staff have markedly improved the adolescent HPV vaccination rate at BGFHC. She received the prestigious 2017 Adult Immunization Champion Award, presented at the Center for Disease Control’s National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, for her work in vaccination rate improvement within her community.

Dr. McGaffey was a collaborator in the development of childhood obesity intervention office tools and games called Fitwits, led by professor Kristin Hughes of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Design; children from the East End of Pittsburgh; team residents; and public health evaluators. The program has proven successful in truncating excessive weight gain among children who attend all three of the UPMC St. Margaret health centers.

She established a program to help care for multiple inner-city school children by taking family medicine residents to the schools to learn about the health problems that inner-city children face.  She is also the author of two books on sex education for pre-teens entitled “Learning about Sexuality Is Like Learning How to Swim” and “What about Me?” These books are distributed free to children following fifth grade puberty and human sexuality classes.

In addition, Dr. McGaffey has worked with UPMC St. Margaret Director of Pharmacy Education, Patricia Klatt, PharmD, to provide in-school teaching and asthma kits to the City of Pittsburgh Schools, helping to manage the care of asthmatic children resulting in a decline in emergency room visits.

 A dedicated clinician, gifted teacher, and a tireless advocate for her community, Dr. McGaffey’s efforts continue to have a powerful and lasting impact on our community’s health and wellness.

Dr. McGaffey resides in Squirrel Hill with husband Terry D. Jacobsen, PhD (Botany). “I would like to thank my family members for their resilience, including Terry, my children Alexis, Abigail, and Andrew, and grandchildren Jackson and Cheyenne,” Dr. McGaffey said. “Best regards and thank you to my colleagues in family medicine, our patients, and to the Allegheny County Medical Society.”

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.

Stanley M. Marks, MD

Stanley M. Marks, MD, is the 2018 Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award recipient. This 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.

Dr. Marks is chairman of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, one of the largest integrated cancer networks in the country with more than 60 locations and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. He is director of clinical services and chief medical officer of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UPMC Shadyside; and clinical professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Marks is currently the chair of Cancer Treatment Services International, a company that facilitates the provision of world-class healthcare in underserved areas, especially in India. He also served as chair of the National Policy Board of U.S. Oncology.

Dr. Marks’ charitable work has forever changed this community. Throughout his professional career, he has served as president of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and president and chairman of the Allegheny County Medical Society. Dr. Marks is active in local non-profit healthcare organizations, having served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society, Pittsburgh Research Institute, Pittsburgh Pain Society, Protech Compliance, Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Western Pennsylvania Juvenile Diabetes Foundation chapter, the founding medical director of Allegheny/Forbes Hospice and a co-founder of the Cancer Caring Center, a local nonprofit dedicated to helping patients and families cope with the emotional impact of cancer. He and his wife, Nikol, are also avid supporters of the Humane Society and Animal Rescue League, the United Jewish Federation and the Pittsburgh Food Bank.

Dr. Marks has authored numerous publications and is the recipient of several awards, including the National Research Service Award from the United States Public Health Service. He is known as a national thought leader in hematology/oncology and is highly recognized for the personal attention and care he provides his patients. Although he’s cared for some of Pittsburgh’s biggest names, Dr. Marks treats all his patients as though they were his only one—often calling or texting them at home or spending extended amounts of time with them and their families. His clinical expertise, compassion for his patients, and enthusiasm for teaching are evidenced by his receiving the Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching and the Pittsburgh Business Times Health Care Hero Award.

The Dr. Stanley Marks Endowed Research Fund at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center was founded by grateful patients in 2006 and has raised more than $5 million for cancer research. In October 2016, Dr. Marks was honored by UPMC and his medical partners at Oncology Hematology Associates (OHA) through the establishment of the Stanley M. Marks – OHA Endowed Chair in Hematology/Oncology Leadership. The permanent endowment supports the recruitment and retention of leaders in the University of Pittsburgh Division of Hematology/Oncology and trains professionals devoted to research and improved treatments for cancer patients.

Dr. Marks received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. He completed his residency training at UPMC Presbyterian, and fellowship training in clinical medicine and research medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Center.

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.

Jan W. Madison, MD

Jan W. Madison, MD, is the 2018 recipient of the ACMS Physician Volunteer Award. The award recognizes physicians for the donation of their time or talents for charitable, clinical, educational or community service activities, domestically or internationally, as a volunteer.

Dr. Madison is being recognized for her selfless community involvement, most notably through her volunteer leadership within the Gateway Medical Society, which is a local component of the National Medical Association (NMA). Gateway Medical Society was established in Pittsburgh in 1963 and is dedicated to addressing social and ethnic disparities in the delivery of healthcare, to promote effective health education, and to develop a more cohesive and effective community of professionals.

Most noteworthy is Dr. Madison’s involvement in the innovative “Journey to Medicine” mentorship program, in which physicians introduce African-American males to the rewards and challenges of a potential career in medicine. Aside from showing students the profession from the inside out, mentors encourage them to achieve academically, coordinate coaching in math and science, and nurture relevant life skills. Beginning the program in 2010, Dr. Madison and her colleagues, Drs. Anita Edwards and William Simmons, continue to mentor between 80 and 100 males every year.

Dr. Madison earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1985. She fulfilled her internal medicine internship and residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. A pulmonary and critical care fellowship followed at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Madison joined Pittsburgh Pulmonary Associates in 1992 and is medical director of Allegheny Health Network Jefferson Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department. 

Dr. Madison resides in Wilkins Township with her husband, Bobby Simmons. They have two adult children, DeMarcus and Devin.

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.

Thomas B. Julian, MD

Thomas B. Julian, MD, is the 2018 recipient of the ACMS Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award. This 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.

An accomplished breast cancer surgeon, researcher and educator, Dr. Julian serves as the associate medical director of Cancer Program Development, Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cancer Institute; surgeon, Breast Surgical Oncology, AHN; and professor of surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Julian is the senior surgical director for Medical Oversight for the NSABP Foundation and serves as the national protocol officer for several NRG Oncology/NSABP protocols. In addition, he is the NRG Oncology Communications chair; chair, NRG Surgical Oncology Committee; and chair, NRG Local Regional Breast Cancer Subcommitee.

In nearly 40 years of medical practice, Dr. Julian has trained the next generation of breast cancer surgeons and has served as a principal investigator for numerous breast cancer pre- and post-launch clinical trials, studying topics such as primary systemic combination drug therapy in postmenopausal hormone-receptor positive breast cancer patients, the GeneSearch breast lymph node assay for intraoperative molecular testing, digital mammography imaging and MRI evaluation of the contralateral breast in recently diagnosed female breast cancer patients, among others.

Many of the clinical trials that he has led have been practice-changing, setting new standards of care and making it possible for women to choose less invasive and difficult treatments for breast cancer without fear of diminishing their chances of a cure such as the NSABP B-32 Sentinel Node Trial which reduced the need for axillary dissection in early stage breast cancer.

As a nationally and internationally recognized expert in breast cancer, breast surgery, clinical trials, and multidisciplinary care coordination and treatment optimization for breast cancer patients, Dr. Julian’s research and expertise has been widely published, appearing in more than 120 articles, reviews, book chapters, audio-visual displays, abstracts and scientific exhibits.

“Dr. Julian has maintained a full surgical practice at Allegheny General Hospital and integrated his clinical work with his research and educational activities,” says David Parda, MD, chair, AHN Cancer Institute. “He is very compassionate and collaborative with all his patients and with his colleagues, improving patient outcomes and experiences for all members of the care team.”

Dr. Julian earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1976 and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He resides in Sewickley with his spouse, Ramona Howe Julian, Esq.

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).

Bill Strickland, Jr.

Mr. Bill Strickland, Jr., is the 2018 Benjamin Rush Individual Award recipientEstablished in 1947, the award recognizes an individual that is not a physician, who devotes time, skills or resources to assisting others and contributes to the advancement of healthcare.

Mr. Stickland grew up in the Manchester neighborhood of Pittsburgh and graduated from Oliver High School.  As a youth, he was inspired by high school art teacher and skilled artisan Frank Ross, who pressed upon him the powers of arts, education and community. 

While he was still an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Strickland founded the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) as an after-school program to bring arts education and mentorship to inner-city youth in his neighborhood. Following graduation, he continued to build the MCG program into an innovative nonprofit agency that uses the arts to inspire and mentor inner-city teenagers. Today, the MCG Youth & Arts and MCG Jazz are both programs of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, serving nearly 500 youth each year through classes, workshops, lectures, mentorships, residencies and more.

In 1972 Mr. Strickland assumed leadership of the Bidwell Training Center (BTC), which offered vocational training to displaced and underemployed workers after the decline of the steel industry. Over the years, BTC’s model of career development has grown to provide market-driven career education created through strong partnerships with leading local industries. The center now offers accredited Specialized Associates Degree and diploma programs in fields as varied as culinary arts, horticulture, laboratory technician, and several rewarding and exciting health careers including medical assistant, medical claims processor, medical coder and pharmacy technician.

Mr. Strickland’s involvement in both MCG and BTC doubled the strength of Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s ability to help the community. He envisioned a template for social change, and began to form relationships with businesses, government officials, and individuals who shared his vision. MBC has evolved into a national model for education, culture and hope. 

Mr. Strickland has served on the boards of the National Endowment for the Arts, Mellon Financial Corporation, and the University of Pittsburgh. For his work, he has won various awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship “genius” award in 1996. He also has been honored by the White House and received the Goi Peace Award in 2011.

Mr. Strickland stepped down as president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation in July 2018 after 50 years. He now serves as executive chairman, helping to raise money for the organization and replicating the workforce training programs he established. 

Mr. Strickland and his family reside on the North Side of Pittsburgh.

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).

Global Links

Global Links has been selected as the 2018 Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award. Established in 1947, the award recognizes a company, institution, organization or agency that is successfully addressing a community health issue.

Founded in 1989, Global Links is a Pittsburgh-based medical relief and development organization dedicated to providing life-saving medical supplies, equipment and support to people in need in the United States and international communities. Global Links partners with hospitals, healthcare organizations and the public to capture still-useful medical supplies, equipment and other materials and provides them to resource-poor countries around the world, as well as local safety net organizations. Global Links shares their experience and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners and educates volunteers, donors and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship.

Over the years, Global Links has developed a unique and productive partnership with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, as well as within-country Ministries of Health and the medical and administrative leadership of public health systems. This regional focus has allowed the organization to acquire in-depth knowledge about the public health conditions in the countries they serve, form collaborative partnerships and develop valuable cultural competence.

In addition, they collaborate with national and municipal officials, health administrators and community leaders in their partner countries to develop projects that support public health goals; with local safety-net organizations to support their work improving health for uninsured and underinsured individuals in our community; and with healthcare systems in the United States to develop sustainable practices for surplus recovery.

Internationally, Global Links works with public health officials and community leaders to develop projects that help communities meet their own public health goals. At home, Global Links’ Community Partners Program provides the medical materials, mobility aids, and collaborative support that local safety net organizations need to better serve their clients and patients. By removing barriers to healthcare and bridging the gaps in health insurance they work to ensure that all the region’s citizens have access to the resources they need to live independently, safely, and with dignity.

Global Links also convenes a vibrant community of more than 4,000 volunteers who assess, prepare and pack materials at its headquarters in Pittsburgh, making sure that the materials and supplies used in their programs are of the highest quality and ready to save lives in resource-poor communities.

Driven by their motto, “Sharing Surplus. Saving Lives.,” Global Links recovers an average of 300 tons of valuable surplus medical materials from our region’s healthcare systems each year.

JOHN G. KRAH 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.

Jim Collins & G. Alan Yeasted, MD

Mr. James M. Collins, chief executive officer (CEO), St. Clair Hospital, and G. Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP, senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO) emeritus, are the recipients of the 2018 Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Executive Leadership Award. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and advocacy for physicians. Over a sustained time, the recipients 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.  

“We are pleased to acknowledge a remarkable team,” says Keith Kanel, MD, chair, ACMS Awards Committee. “Mr. Collins and Dr. Yeasted have demonstrated the ‘power of two’ – when strong leaders from the physician world and the hospital world make up their minds to collaborate in extraordinary ways. The result is a community hospital that sets the standard for the region.”

Over the course of the last two decades, St. Clair Hospital has become one of the top-rated hospitals in the region. Today, it is a nationally recognized integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of southwestern Pennsylvania. As the region’s largest independent hospital, St. Clair participates with all major insurers. In 2016, it became a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a growing national network of independent health care providers committed to serving patients and their families through clinical collaboration. 

Mr. Collins has served as president and CEO of St. Clair Hospital since April 2006 and is only the third person in the hospital’s 64-year history to hold this position. Prior to joining St. Clair Hospital, Mr. Collins was president and CEO of The Western Pennsylvania Hospital for seven years. He had previously served in progressively responsible positions since 1986, earning the Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for Early Career Achievement in 1992.

Mr. Collins earned a master’s degree in health administration in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a fellow at the Health Policy Institute. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the ACHE, and currently serves as treasurer of the board of directors of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

Mr. Collins and his wife, Lori, reside in Mt. Lebanon and have two adult children.

Dr. Yeasted served as CMO at St. Clair Hospital for 18 years before stepping into the emeritus role in 2017. Dr. Yeasted played a central role in leading the hospital through unprecedented growth and achievement during his tenure. His singular commitments to patient safety, performance excellence, medical education, and patient care, have set him apart as one of the county’s top physician executives.

During Dr. Yeasted’s term as CMO, he continued to maintain his primary care practice at St. Clair and was even known to make an occasional house call, taking great pride in his 40 years of uninterrupted service to his patients and students. He continues to see patients in his primary care practice and works closely with the St. Clair Hospital Foundation on fundraising, community relations and special projects. 

Aside from his service to clinical medicine, Dr. Yeasted has also been a tireless champion in physician advocacy. He is a recent past -governor of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians and has held many roles at the Allegheny County Medical Society, including serving as 2004 president, chairman of the board, delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and member of several committees. In December 2017, he received the Laureate Award from the Pennsylvania American College of Physicians, which is the highest honor given by that organization. 

Dr. Yeasted earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1974, followed by an internal medicine internship and residency at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.  

Dr. Yeasted resides in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, Jo Ellen, and they have five adult children.

40 Under 40


40 Under 40
The Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Physician 40 Under 40 competition is open to any Pennsylvania Medical Society member under the age of 40 who is a high achiever as they work to advance medicine or their community either through employment or volunteer work.

Join us as we celebrate our winners from Allegheny County.

Phillip Carullo, MD

Dr. Carullo is a resident at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Anesthesiology. While still in medical school, he was awarded for his research on death certificate completion. Dr. Carullo has received grants to develop and patent a medical device to prevent aspirated products from entering the lungs during intubation. In 2018, he organized a “Medical Providers Against Opioid Addiction” fundraiser that raised more than $8,000 for the Pittsburgh Light of Life Mission.

Jennifer Corbelli, MD

Dr. Corbelli is an internist with UPMC Montefiore and associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as program director for the University of Pittsburgh’s Internal Medicine Residency Program. She leads her program’s resident recruitment process and, in her first year as program director, was responsible for the best match in the program’s history. Through her work with medical students, she mentors individuals interested in primary care for underserved populations.

Maria K. Guyette, MD

Dr. Koenig Guyette is the chief of emergency medicine services for UPMC Shadyside and assistant professor of emergency medicine for the University of Pittsburgh. She recently served as president of the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians, where she proved herself to be a strong advocate on behalf of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable patients. She has been involved with patient-focused initiatives on issues like appropriate opioid prescribing for ED patients and bystander CPR training for middle- and high-school students.

Amanda M. Michael, DO

A physician with Pittsburgh Infectious Diseases, Ltd., Dr. Michael is an “antimicrobial steward” who looks to promote coordinated interventions designed to improve and measure the appropriate use of antimicrobials at the hospitals she attends as well as outpatient settings. She has special interests in the treatment of HIV and hepatitis C and the administration of adult vaccines for vaccine-preventable diseases. She serves as chair of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee at St. Clair Hospital.

Mark A. Woodburn, MD

Dr. Woodburn is a family medicine physician with Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. He provides outpatient, inpatient, and skilled nursing care. Dr. Wood;burn has become a leader in his organization, serving on the Board of Directors. He played an instrumental role in helping Genesis Medical Associates develop an Accountable Care Organization and high quality standards recognized by most insurance quality programs.


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Saturday, March 2, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Westin Convention Center
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15222


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