Local Internist Selected for National AMA Leadership Award

March 21, 2003

Rochester internist Louis J. Papa, Jr., M.D., is the first Monroe County physician to receive the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award.  The annual award honors physicians under age 40 for exemplary leadership qualities.

Nominated by the Monroe County Medical Society and the Medical Society of the State of New York, Papa is one of just 25 physicians from across the country to be recognized for proven leadership ability and commitment to the medical profession through community advocacy.  The award was presented at the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference and Leadership Awards programming in Washington, DC, March 1 through 5.

Papa is an internist practicing with the Olsan Medical Group in Rochester, part of the Strong Health Primary Care Network. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and an attending physician at Strong Memorial Hospital.  Papa currently serves as treasurer of the Monroe County Medical Society and is active in many community organizations.  He is a physician volunteer and board member at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.  He is active with Strong Health’s Project Believe Task Force and its Patient Education Committee.

“Dr. Papa is a friend of medicine, a compassionate physician and true leader, Monroe County Medical Society President Jeanne Grove, D.O., said.  “He is devoted to his wife and children, and is a busy internist who finds the time to volunteer, on a weekly basis, at the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center [where he] provides medical care to patients of the Rochester community who are uninsured.”

 “Dr. Papa’s recognition by a national organization like the AMA reflects his dedication and demonstrates what medicine is all about: to help those in need, to emphasize that a healthy individual is a precious entity, and to teach us all how healthy lifestyles are achievable,” said Philip Bonanni, M.D., associate chair for primary care and professor of medicine and of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  “The Rochester community as a whole – not just the medical community – has a local hero we should be justifiably proud of.  Dr. Louis Papa is a role model for us all.”

Papa earned his medical degree at SUNY at Stony Brook and completed his residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  He served a year as chief medical resident and completed a fellowship in general internal medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine.

“A leading member of the Strong Health Primary Care Network, Dr. Papa adds immeasurably to any effort that he is involved in,” said Stephen H. Cohen, M.D., medical director for the Strong Health Primary Care Network and assistant professor of clinical medicine for the University of Rochester Medical Center. “He is a shining example of a physician truly committed to his patients, his colleagues, medical education, and to the health of the residents of our greater community.  As a integral member of our network’s contributions to the University of Rochester’s Project Believe initiative, he is a key proponent of Strong Health’s commitment to make Rochester America’s healthiest community by the year 2020.”

Named in the 2002 edition of Best Doctors in America, Papa’s list of recognition awards includes the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, the Lawrence E. Young Patient Care Award and the William Morgan Teaching Award from Strong Memorial Hospital.  He served as an American Medical Association Young Physicians Section Delegate for New York State from 1999 to 2001.

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