The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Monroe County Medical Society. It is presented annually to a physician and a layperson in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to the medical profession and the community beyond the usual call of duty.
Papa has been a primary care provider for 17 years with the Olsan Medical Group, part of URMC’s Primary Care Network. His interest toward improving the access and quality of health care for the entire Rochester community has been demonstrated through teaching, mentorship and community outreach, according to Olsan Medical Group site director Michael S. Schneider, M.D., who nominated Papa for the award.
“Dr. Papa has a career-long history of personal volunteerism supporting the needs of the homeless and underinsured,” Schneider said. “Beyond his volunteer positions at the St. Mary’s Mobile Health Unit for the Homeless, the Open Door Mission and St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, he has taken leadership positions in these organizations to offer continuous improvement and innovation toward improved access to social and health services.”
In addition to an active medical practice, teaching responsibilities and community involvement, Papa has held various professional positions, including serving as president of the Monroe County Medical Society, and as a regional board member of Excellus Rochester, Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the 20/20 Commission and the Community Technology Assessment Advisory Board of Rochester. He also is a regular panelist on the national PBS program “Second Opinion.”