Introducing the 2019 PAFP Award Winners!
The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce the winners of its 2019 awards! Please read their biographies below.
2019 Family Physician of the Year
William Taddonio, MD of Norristown, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s
2019 Family Physician of the Year, began his medical career at Thomas Jefferson
Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his residency training in family
medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Taddonio practices with Berks Family Care in Douglassville,
where he has been practicing since 1991. He serves as the director of
Southeastern Veterans Center in Spring City and is the school physician for
Pottsgrove School District in Montgomery County..
Taddonio’s numerous appointments include the Board of
Directors of Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation, Pottstown Family Care,
Pottstown Hospital Tower Health, and teaching appointments with the University
of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Practice, DeSales University,
Philadelphia University, and the Reading Family Medicine Residency Program.
Patients and colleagues of Taddonio were especially
enthusiastic about his nomination for Family Physician of the Year. Dozens
wrote in to rave about the wisdom and care he provides.
“Bill has a deep sense of caring for his
patients. This I know, as I am one of them,” said one patient who is also a
practicing physician. “He has a great sense of humor, sense of caring, and sense
of responsibility … But truthfully, I admire him most for his competence. He is
an excellent physician-up to date and on the ball. From pediatrics to
geriatrics, Dr Taddonio knows his stuff. He has a large faithful following in
this area, and is physician to many healthcare professionals.”
“He is absolutely the most compassionate
and caring doctor that I've ever dealt with. I'm not entirely sure how he is
able to keep up with so many details about us,” said another patient. “He takes
the time to fully explain, in plain English, what's going on and explains the
treatment plan in simple language. The ‘bedside
manner’ that he maintains should be modeled for all new doctors to emulate.”
Congratulations, Dr. William Taddonio, for
earning the PAFP’s 2019 Family Physician of the Year Award!
2019 Public Health Award Winner
Elizabeth George, MD, the PAFP’s inaugural Public Health
Award winner, began her journey as a family physician at Brown University,
where she earned her medical degree. She completed her family practice
residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, and established a primary
care office, including obstetrics, with her husband in Mercersburg with her
husband, with a commitment to community wellbeing, both as physicians and
parents of young children.
George’s impact on public health has been vast, from
spearheading the elimination of smoking at Chambersburg Hospital in 1984 and
helping to establish and direct the Chambersburg Hospital Maternity Clinic for
patients without medical insurance to directing a medical mission trip to El
Alto, Bolivia and co-founding a nonprofit in Mercersburg, MACWell, committing
to making the area a place that inspires its population to live well. Recently,
MACWell obtained a grant to collaborate with Mercersburg Borough to repurpose a
tannery brown field area for a streamside trail and park; last year, tree
planting and pollinating for the trail area began.
“Dr. George began the best community health intervention I have
ever witnessed called the Healthy Eating Adventure (HEA),” said a colleague who
nominated George. “She collaborated with Dr. Calwell Esselstyn, noted surgeon
at the Cleveland Clinic and researcher on plant-based, whole foods nutrition,
and his son Rip Esselstyn, author of The
Engine 2 Diet. She has for the past eight years conducted 6-week long
Healthy Eating Adventures at three sites around Franklin County. This includes
measurements of several physiologic parameters such as blood pressure and
weight before and after, and laboratory testing of glucose and lipids before
“I have never met a physician who has done more for a community in
Pennsylvania than Dr. Elizabeth George,” he said.
Congratulations, Dr. Elizabeth George, for earning the
PAFP’s 2019 Public Health Award!
2019 co-Exemplary Teacher of the Year
Allison Myers, MD of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s
2019 co-Exemplary Teacher of the Year, began her medical career at Drexel
University College of Medicine, where she earned her MD, and Drexel University
School of Public Health, where she earned her MPH. She completed her family
medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Myers is the Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and
Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family
Medicine and Community Health and the Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
She is a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American
Academy of Family Physicians, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association.
Myers has won numerous awards and honors, including the 2018 Residency Faculty
Teaching Award from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Family
Those who nominated Myers’ for this award noted her
compassion for underserved populations, particularly LGBTQ patients.
“Dr. Myers is also an exemplary
model of a physician passionate about social justice. She can frequently be found at community
events supporting various vulnerable patient populations that we serve,”
said one of her students.
“Now that I am a family medicine resident, I
often reflect on how inspired I was by her passionate commitment to improving
education in the area of LGBT health,” a former student said. “She stands as a
role model for the type of teacher and practitioner I strive to be in my own
“Dr. Myers' leadership … has been absolutely crucial for our progress as a
department and as a health system in caring for these marginalized
communities,” said another student. “Dr. Myers' teaching has been
transformative for the residents and medical students in our department. I
cannot imagine a more qualified and worthy candidate for the PAPF Teaching
Congratulations, Dr. Allison Myers, for earning the PAFP’s
2019 Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award!
2019 co-Exemplary Teacher of the Year
Gordon Liu, MD of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the PAFP’s 2019
co-Exemplary Teacher of the Year, began his medical career at St. George’s
University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He completed his
residency training at UPMC McKeesport Family Medicine Residency Program.
Liu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Assistant Professor in the
HIV/AIDS program, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh
He’s also the HIV and Hepatitis C Director, HIV Primary Care Track Director,
Medical Student Director, and Global Health Director at UPMC McKeesport Family
Medicine Residency Program, as well as visiting faculty, Department of
Infectious Diseases, at the University of the Philippines.
Those who have studied under Liu characterize him as
personable and kind, with a wealth of knowledge about family medicine and how
to best care for patients.
“Dr. Liu is the most
enthusiastic and engaging educator I have met thus far in my medical
education,” said one former student who said Liu was instrumental in their
consideration of a career in family medicine. “He deserves recognition for his
incredible commitment to evidence based medicine and teaching, but also for modeling
exceptional patient care and bedside manner.
“He is patient, encouraging, and positive. He is truly a gifted mentor and
teacher,” they continued. “Dr. Liu is not only an incredible educator, but an
incredible physician. He is remarkably personable, and never uses medical
jargon. He immediately connects with his patients, and partners with them in
medical decision making. It is valuable to see an experienced physician model
these behaviors, and it is also inspiring.”
“He is a dedicated teacher,
physician, and member of the community,” said another student. “He strives to
model evidence based medicine while navigating the complexity of shared
decision making with patients and does so expertly. His patients speak so
highly of him and remark how no other physician listens or respects them as
well as he does.”
Congratulations, Dr. Gordon Liu, for earning the
PAFP’s 2019 Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award!
Meet the Past Winners
Family Physician of the Year
- 2018: Michael Gaudiose, MD (Chambersburg, Franklin County)
- 2017: Anna Doubeni, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2017: Mary Fabian, MD (Allentown, Lehigh County)
- 2016: Christopher Echterling, MD (York, York County)
- 2015: Richard Harker, MD (Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County)
- 2014: Craig Johnston, DO (Erie, Erie County)
- 2013: Elizabeth Edmunds, MD (Reading, Berks County)
- 2012: Robert Fawcett, MD (York, York County)
- 2011: Edmund Guelig, MD (Wellsboro, Tioga County)
- 2010: James Devlin, MD (Brockway, Jefferson County)
Exemplary Teacher of the Year
- 2017: Richard Bruehlman, MD (Allison Park, Allegheny County)
- 2016: Dave O'Gurek, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2015: Robert Langan, MD (Laurys Station, Lehigh County)
- 2014: Patrick McManus, MD (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County)
- 2013: Gordon Zubrod, MD (York, York County)
- 2012: Amy Crawford-Faucher, MD (West Chester, Chester County)
- 2011: Maria Ghetu, MD (Bethlehem, Lehigh and Northampton counties)
- 2011: Robert Yanoshak, DO (Plains, Luzerne County)
- 2010: Jeffrey Kirchner, MD (Lancaster, Lancaster County)