Blair County Otolaryngologist Receives PAMED Everyday Hero Award on July 28 for Leadership Efforts During COVID-19 Pandemic

Last Updated: Aug 2, 2021

For Immediate Release
August 2, 2021

Elliott Jody Bilofsky, DO, FAOCO, an otolaryngologist at UPMC Altoona Ear Nose & Throat and chief of UPMC Altoona ENT Service, has been named a Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Everyday Hero. He received the award on July 28, 2021.

Dr. Bilofsky was nominated for this award by a colleague, who said that he is not only an outstanding otolaryngologist, but also a humanitarian and leader.

“Until last July, he was the solo otolaryngologist for UPMC Altoona,” said his nominator. “During the pandemic, Dr. Bilofsky has worked tirelessly to fight COVID-19. He has singlehandedly performed at least 70 tracheotomies in critically ill ICU COVID-19 patients. He has worked nights and weekends, even when not "on call,” to care for the sickest of sick COVID-19 patients.”

She went on to say, “We are lucky and blessed to have Doctor Bilofsky at UPMC Altoona; he is absolutely phenomenal!”

Colleagues and others share the accolades, describing Dr. Bilofsky as a physician who provides phenomenal care to patients and is all around amazing and a true leader of the profession. They call him a humanitarian at its finest, and refer to him as a modest and true physician who never stops and is ever giving of his expertise.

PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award program, launched in 2018, honors member physicians who go above and beyond in their profession and in providing patient care. It’s designed to showcase exemplary physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are.

Patients and medical colleagues can nominate PAMED member physicians for this award at


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Claire Shearer, Pennsylvania Medical Society  

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