Please join the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (Foundation) on April 21, 2022 at 6:30 to honor the 2022 Superhero of Medicine and the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership award recipients. Register for free today!
Superhero of Medicine Award
2022 Superhero of Medicine
Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD
The Superhero of Medicine Award is presented annually to a physician from among those nominated for having superhero-like attributes and using them to go above and beyond the call of their profession. Patricia Téllez-Girón Salazar, MD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Co-Chair Latino Health Council, received multiple nominations for this award. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff noted that Dr. Téllez-Girón Salazar has been fighting her nemesis, disparities in health in the Dane County Latinx community, for more than 20 years. While the COVID-19 pandemic increased these disparities, Dr. Téllez-Girón Salazar also amplified her work and vaccination rates for the Dane County Latinx population topped those of the state and nation thanks to her tireless work educating the community and leading the Latino Health Council. Time Magazine called her a “medical messenger” in March 2020 for her work sharing information with the local Latinx community.
When notified of her award Dr. Téllez-Girón Salazar shared the following, “Since childhood, I have been guided by a love for people, a desire to help others, and a love for learning. My dream, as a youth, was to find a way to combine my passions for people and for learning. Family Medicine has proved to be the perfect way to fulfill that dream. Keeping that in mind, for the past 25 years I have been providing direct medical services to the underserved, educating others on how to better serve them, and advocating and creating community services for them. Also, by mentoring and teaching minority students and other students at various levels of training I aim to increase diversity and have more helping hands that hopefully eventually will also work either as health care providers or in other fields where they can advocate for the underserved.”
Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award
2022 Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Award Recipient
Roger Kapoor, MD
The Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award is presented annually to a young physician who exemplifies the unique attributes of the late Dr. Viste. These include an overwhelming commitment to their patients, their profession and the community. Roger Kapoor, MD, MBA, FAAD, Senior Vice President of Beloit Health System, also received multiple nominations for this award. Leo Egbujiobi, MD, shared, “Dr. Kapoor represents everything that is good with our health care system. For patients, as a physician, Dr. Kapoor makes house calls to those who are unable to leave their home or nursing home bed. In his capacity as Senior Vice President at our Health System, this year he organized an effort that improved patient experience scores at our main ambulatory clinic (with approximately 15,000 visits a month) from the 16th percentile to the 66th percentile within one year. Dr. Kapoor has also risen to the unique challenges of the pandemic and served his community as the COVID-19 Incident Commander for his health care system.”
Dr. Kapoor expressed his gratitude to the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, “Dr. Viste’s indelible impact on health care and the medical field remains inspiring and it is a great honor to receive this award.” He continued, “I stand on the shoulders of a great team at Beloit Health System to whom I am profoundly indebted for their friendship, partnership and support.”
Please save the date to join the Foundation for this virtual event and learn more about these remarkable physicians and their journeys. Each winner also receives a grant for a community organization that they feel is making a difference, and they will share why they chose the Dane County Latino Health Council and the Beloit Health System Foundation. Both of these awardees have risen to the challenges of the pandemic in their work. Let’s not permit the pandemic to take away their ability to be recognized for their contributions.
Contact Foundation Executive Director Marje Murray for additional information.
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