PAMED's Distinguished Service Award Goes To Altoona Physician

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2018

Andrew-Gurman-MD(HARRISBURG, Pa. – July 23, 2018) Andrew Gurman, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon who practices in Altoona, was named the 2018 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) Distinguished Service Award. 
The Distinguished Service Award is considered the highest honor a member can receive from PAMED. 
Its first recipient in 1956 was Jonas E. Salk, MD, who was recognized for his achievements in developing the anti-polio vaccine. Since it was first awarded, PAMED has honored 27 Pennsylvania physicians and two non-physicians. 
Dr. Gurman is a long-standing member of PAMED who once served as the organization’s Speaker of the House of Delegates. He eventually rose into leadership positions on the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees. In 2016, he became the first Pennsylvania physician in 34 years to be elected AMA President.
Under Dr. Gurman’s leadership, the AMA:
  • successfully blocked the mergers of insurance giants Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna;
  • fought to lower drug prices;
  • advocated for the study of gun violence as a public health issue; and
  • worked to alleviate patient delays to insurance prior authorization. 
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by one’s peers with such a prestigious award, particularly considering the giants who have been previous recipients,” Dr. Gurman said of receiving PAMED’s Distinguished Service Award. 
Dr. Gurman was nominated for the award by George Green, MD, also a member of PAMED. 
The award will be formally presented to Dr. Gurman on Oct. 27, 2018, during PAMED’s annual House of Delegates meeting in Hershey, Pa. More than 300 physicians, staff, family, and guests are anticipated to be in attendance.
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