John Saultz, MD, and his wife, Sherrie Saultz
Saultz is OAFP Physician of the Year
John Saultz, MD, chair of the OHSU Department of Family Medicine, was named Family Physician of the Year by the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians on April 13 during the OAFP Annual Spring CME Weekend in Gleneden Beach, OR.
The annual award recognizes physicians who provide compassionate, comprehensive family medicine on a continuing basis; are involved in community affairs and who serve as both a personal and professional role model to their community, fellow health professionals, residents and medical students. Saultz's name will be submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians in nomination for the American Family Doctor of the Year.
Lisa Dodson, MD, director of the Oregon Area Health Education Center and associate professor of medicine at OHSU, presented the award. Dodson was one of Saultz's many former students present at the meeting."
In a long and distinguished career (John Saultz) has been the very definition of excellence," Dodson said. "One colleague called his span of competency 'incredibly wide' and letter writers extolled (Saultz) as 'our visionary leader and moral compass,' a strong patient advocate, a superb clinician and an exceptional partner."
Dodson said Saultz has never lost sight of his reasons for becoming a family physician, and has remained dedicated to keeping the Department of Family Medicine focused on patients.
"There are many among us here today who make our patients better," Dodson said. "(Saultz) makes us all better. A former student notes, 'he is one of the few wise men in our specialty who is always worth listening to when he speaks.' And luckily for us, he speaks and writes and teaches and administers and gives everything he's got, every day, for his patients, his colleagues, his students, our Academy, our department and the state."
Saultz said he was honored by the award, particularly since it is not usually presented to an academic physician.
"In the academic world, our gold standard for accomplishment is the opinion of our peers," Saultz said. "Our papers and grant submissions are peer-reviewed, and we advance from assistant professor to associate professor to full professor based on this standard. But the peers who matter the most to me have always been those who live out the core values of our discipline every day in full-time practice. To be recognized by this most important peer group is the highest honor I have received, or hope to receive, in my career."
Saultz has chaired OHSU Family Medicine since 1998. From 1986 to 1994, he was the department's residency director. Saultz has served as director of Oregon's statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program and assistant vice president of OHSU for Regional Education and Outreach.
Saultz was the 1993-94 president of the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors and was the 1996-97 OAFP president. He served on the Residency Review Committee for Family Practice from 1999-2005 and on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education from 1992-98. In 2003-2004, Saultz was named a Bishop/American Council on Education fellow.
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