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Lake Superior CMS Hands Out 2013 Awards

[MMA News Now, Dec. 19, 2013] The Lake Superior Medical Society (LSMS) recently handed out its annual awards for “Physician of the Year” and several other top honors.

David Sproat, M.D. was named “Physician of the Year” award for “consistently demonstrating qualities recognized as defining excellence in medical care delivery.” Over the past 10 years, Sproat's patients at Duluth Internal Medicine Associates have sent in numerous nominations commending his exceptional work.    
 
Linda Van Etta, M.D., of St. Luke's Infectious Disease Associates, received the “Thomas A. Stolee Exceptional Dedication to the Practice of Medicine Award,” which is given to a member physician who has demonstrated a lifetime of exceptional dedication to the practice of medicine.
 
Nicholas Van Deelen, M.D., received the “John B. Sanford Community Service Award,” which is given to a member physician who has demonstrated exemplary service to the community through extensive volunteer activities outside the field of medicine.  
 
Paul Sanford, M.D., of St. Luke's Internal Medicine Associates, received the “President’s Award,” which is given in recognition of personal, professional and community contributions to our profession.
 
Theresa Smith, M.D., of Essentia Health, was awarded the “Elizabeth C. Bagley Merit Award,” which is given in recognition of commitment to the medical profession and the LSMS.
 
Maria Barrell, M.D., a recent graduate from the Duluth Family Practice Residency Program, was awarded the “Educator Award,” which is given in recognition of excellence in teaching and education.
 
Jay Knuths, M.D., of St. Luke's Internal Medicine Associates, was awarded the “2013 LSMS President’s Gavel Plaque,” in appreciation of outstanding leadership and commitment to the LSMS.
Author: Dan Hauser

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