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.
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.
In 2003 Dr. Markle became director of the Family Medicine residency program at McKeesport Hospital. During this time he recognized the presence of a large, medically underserved segment of the community in McKeesport and the Mon Valley and partnered with his church to create the Ninth Street Free Clinic in McKeesport in May 2007. This clinic has become the focus of a valuable charitable outreach to a community wider than McKeesport and has served as a model of care of a multi-disciplinary team of nurses, volunteers, medical and pharmacy students, family medicine residents, and practicing physicians from several disciplines. He diligently negotiates additional clinical services when needed, has established clinical guidelines for care to ensure the highest quality for everyone who receives care, and anticipates ongoing needs in order to plan strategically for this target population.
Dr. Markle’s expertise has been recognized to the extent that he has been called to lead 5-week medical teams on disaster relief missions during the natural disasters of a tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia, in 2005 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010, as well as medical brigades promoting prevention and chronic disease management. He was subsequently chosen by McGraw-Hill Publishers as the first editor of their key test on Global Medicine that has just launched its second edition and is now widely used by those committed to caring for a global population.
Semi retired, he still works three to four days a week at his office in McKeesport and puts in 20 hours a week running the clinic. His wife, Mary, a registered nurse, volunteers with him, helping to organize the volunteers and assisting with patients. The Awards Committee recommends that Mrs. Markle be named as a co-recipient of the award.