2018 Family Doctor of the Year

April 12, 2018 – James M. Mears, MD a family physician from Charleston, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2018.  The award was presented by Dr. Mary Ann Maurer during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 66th Annual Scientific Assembly held on April 12, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV.  

The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care.  Dr. Mears 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. 

Dr. Mears is an Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, Charleston Division and Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.  A board-certified family physician, Dr. Mears completed medical school at the Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 1988.  He did his family medicine residency at Charleston Area Medical Center, affiliated with West Virginia University, Charleston, WV.  In addition, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center and School of Medicine, Columbus, OH. 

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 wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer Web site, www.FamilyDoctor.org

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