The 2019 Apple Award winners were recognized at the WSMA Annual
Meeting on Oct. 12, 2019 in SeaTac.
This year's winners are:
Darryl Potyk, MD, Spokane internist, received the
President's Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes the WSMA member who
offers extraordinary service to the profession to make Washington
state the best place to practice medicine and receive care. Dr. Potyk
is the chief of medical education for UW School of Medicine-Gonzaga
University Regional Health Partnership and associate dean for Eastern
Washington for the UW School of Medicine.
Matthew Grierson, MD, Seattle physiatrist, received
the Early Career Member of the Year Award, which recognizes a WSMA
member for their service to the association's early career members
(physicians in their first 10 years of practice, resident physicians,
and medical students). Dr. Grierson practices at the Seattle Spine
& Sports Medicine clinic.
Five WSMA members received the Grassroots Advocate Award, which
recognizes their advocacy efforts and activities supporting WSMA
legislative priorities. They include:
Avanti Bergquist, MD, Bellevue psychiatrist, for her
support of mental health priorities.
James Burkman, MD, Seattle anesthesiologist, for his
work helping the association find a solution protecting patients from
unnecessary balance bills.
Lucinda Grande, MD, Olympia family physician, for her
advocacy around opioid use disorder treatment.
Alan Melnick, MD, Vancouver preventative medicine
physician and Clark County public health officer, for his support of
Chelsea Unruh, MD, Olympia family physician, for
their support of issues impacting independent physician practices.
The seventh Apple Award, the Community Unsung Hero Award, recognizes
community contributions to the health and wellness of our state's
citizens and was presented to
Pierce County Project Access. PCPA received the award
in recognition of its mission to provide donated care for patients in
need in Pierce County.