2013 Family Doctor of the Year

James Becker, MD a family physician from Huntington, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2012.  The award was presented by John Parker, MD during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 61st  Annual Scientific Assembly held on April 19th, 2013 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.   Thom Stevens, WVAFP Government Affairs liaison made the oral presentation.  Mr. Stevens noted that Dr. Becker has served for the past several years as the Medical Director for the WVAFP’s Doc for a Day at the WV Legislature.  During his tenure as Medical Director was responsible for establishing medical protocols for emergency care that are responsible for saving lives.  Mr. Stevens noted, ‘Jim has been a strong physician leader that has made a difference in the health and welfare of not only the legislative body when their in session but the capitol employees.”

The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care.  In addition to his role as Medical Director for the Doc for a Day program Dr. Becker was recognized for being a role model to medical students and resident physicians as well as to his physician colleagues.  He is noted for his tireless devotion to improving the quality of life for his patients and bettering his community.

A board-certified family physician, Dr. Becker completed medical school at the Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 1993.  He did his family medicine residency at Marshall University in Huntington, WV .

Founded in 1948, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical students statewide.  It is the largest medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.  The West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical are, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media.  For information about healthcare, health conditions and and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer Web site, www.FamilyDoctor.org

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