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Physician Advocate of the Year Award

The OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the ability to effectively advocate at the local, state and/or federal levels on behalf of his/her profession and patients. 

Physician advocacy plays a crucial role in enhancing the OSMA and the political process. In a society confronted with pressing issues such as affordability and access to health care, physician advocacy is of critical importance. The physician advocate goes beyond their primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by advocating for the well-being of their profession, patients and communities in which they serve. The OSMA Physician Advocate of the Year Award is presented each year during the OSMA’s Annual Meeting.

2016 Physician Advocate of the Year: Brian Santin, MD

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) honored Brian Santin, MD with its Physician Advocate of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual for extraordinary efforts supporting physicians and their patients with advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels. The physician advocate goes beyond their primary role of providing clinical treatment to their patients by providing leadership in pursuit of the well-being of their profession, patients and communities in which they serve.

Dr. Santin has been instrumental in making sure the position of the OSMA on the legalization of medical marijuana has been heard. He devoted countless hours testifying before the state legislature and to committee meetings. Without the voice of this physician, the concerns of the OSMA regarding the legalization of medical marijuana would not have been as clear. 

Dr. Santin is an independent vascular surgeon in Wilmington and serves as an At-Large Councilor for the OSMA. 

Previous Award Recipients

    2015: Robert Lorenz, MD
    2014: Louis Barich, MD and Elizabeth Kiracofe, MD
    2013: Theodore E. Wymyslo, MD
    2012: Dawn Prall, MD
    2011: G Patrick Ecklar, MD
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