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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.

2015 Physician Advocate of the Year: Robert Lorenz, MD

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) honored Robert Lorenz, 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. Lorenz has been instrumental in the movement of the OSMA’s prior authorization reform legislation. He has personally met with numerous legislators and he testified before the Ohio Senate in support of SB 129.  It is safe to say that without the determination and the advocacy efforts of Dr. Lorenz, this legislation would not have passed unanimously out of the Ohio Senate. 

Dr. Lorenz is an otolaryngologist with the Cleveland Clinic and serves as the Clinic’s Medical Director for Payment Reform, Risk and Contracting.

Previous Award Recipients

    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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