2013 Mission:MD MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year Honorees Presented by LocumTenens.com, the Mission:MD MedicalMissions.org Physician of the Year Award honors physicians who donate their time to help underserved patients in the United States and abroad gain access to critically-needed healthcare services. Each honoree with receive $10,000 to donate to the medical missions-related charity of his choice.
Dr. Rick Westermeyer Anesthesiologist Oregon Anesthesiologist Group Portland, Oregon
Dr. Rick Westemeyer has devoted more than 30 years to medical missions work, including as a physician team lead following humanitarian disasters in Haiti, Ethiopia and Afghanistan. Medical missions work is a family affair for Dr. Westermeyer; his wife and two daughters are nurses and are also active participants in improving healthcare access in remote locations around the world.
Dr. Westerneyer's gift will benefit Africa Orphan Care, an organization committed to impacting the lives of the African orphan generation estimated by UNICEF to exceed 50 million children. To learn more about African Orphan Care, visit the website at www.africanorphancare.org.
Dr. Rick Parker Plastic Surgeon Austin Plastic Surgery Institute Austin, Texas
Dr. Rick Parker has served thousands of cleft palate patients in Central Texas and around the world in his 35 years as a volunteer physician. He helped to found the Central Texas Cleft Palette team in 1978, aiding children born in the region with corrective surgery and follow-up care, regardless of their ability to pay. In 1987, he co-founded Austin Smiles, which provided cleft palate and cleft lip care in the Austin area and on annual mission trips to Latin America.
Dr. Parker's gift will benefit Austin Smiles. To learn more about Austin Smiles, visit the website at www.austinsmiles.org.
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