OSMA Honors G. Patrick Ecklar, MD, with Physician Advocate Award

The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) awarded Columbus-area Internal Medicine physician G. Patrick Ecklar, MD, FACP, with the association’s 2nd Annual Physician Advocate of the Year Award.

The award recognizes a physician who goes beyond his/her primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating at the local, state and/or federal levels for the well-being of the medical profession, patients and communities in which he/she serves.

A longtime OSMA member, Ecklar has testified numerous times on behalf of the OSMA and the association’s position on various pieces of legislation. He has served on the OSMA’s Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee. He has also been a leading voice in Ohio on the patient-center medical home (PCMH) initiative. Ecklar is currently the chairman of the Ohio PCMH Education Advisory Group (EAG), in which he serves as representative of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

A past president of the Columbus Medical Association (CMA), he has been a driving force behind its Good Health Columbus Political Action Committee (PAC) and has contributed to the OSMAPAC every year for more than a decade.

“It is vitally important for physicians to be strong advocates for our patients and our profession. Dr. Ecklar has spent his entire career exemplifying this trait. He embodies the definition of physician advocate and is very deserving of this award,” said Charles J. Hickey, MD, president of the OSMA and a member of the award selection committee.

Ecklar was nominated for Physician Advocate of the Year Award by Gregory W. Rouan, MD, FACP, Governor of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Physicians. His nomination was supported with a letter from Philip Cass, the Chief Operating Officer of the CMA.

“[I] have described him as an ‘advocate for advocacy.’ What do I mean by this? In my 13 years at the CMA, I have not seen a physician who is more motivated by the value of advocacy than Pat Ecklar,” Cass said in his support letter. “Dr. Ecklar is constantly talking to his colleagues and his medical residents about the vital nature of advocacy to the practice of medicine.”

Ecklar practices at Metro West Internal Medicine in Columbus. He is very active in medical education, currently serving as a Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine. He is also the Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Mount Carmel Health System and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He earned a medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus.

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