Scranton Physician Named Everyday Hero by Pennsylvania Medical Society After Being Nominated by Patient

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2018

Everday Hero Logo_RGB(Harrisburg, Pa. – 3/2/18) Kevin Olsen, MD, a cardiologist from Scranton has been named as March’s Everyday Hero by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) after being nominated for  the award by a patient.

Charlene Kircher, a patient who nominated Dr. Olsen, credits him for saving several of her family members. But, according to Kircher, there’s another reason why he should be honored.

“Dr. Olsen deserves to be honored because he cares about each and every one of his patients and treats them with respect and compassion no matter what their illness or age or family name is,” she says. “He makes you feel very easy to talk to and not uneasy to ask questions or does not rush you in and out.”

Theodore Christopher, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society who practices emergency medicine in Philadelphia, applauds Kircher for making the nomination, and says her reason for making the nomination highlights an important aspect within the art of medicine.

“Medicine is as much an art as it is science,” he says. “Dr. Olsen saved lives in her family, but a key reason for Ms. Kircher’s nomination of Dr. Olsen is about the patient-doctor relationship, specifically the importance of respect and compassion when treating patients.  PAMED thanks Ms. Kircher for her nomination and is honored to present this award to Dr. Olsen.”

PAMED’s Everyday Hero Award is designed to showcase talented physicians who probably don’t view themselves as heroes, but to patients and colleagues they are. The award is a monthly member honor with nominations coming from patients, caregivers, and medical professionals.

Dr. Olsen, a 22-year member of PAMED who practices medicine at Commonwealth Health, is the first recipient from Scranton to win the award. He was selected from a statewide pool of nominations.

Dr. Olsen will formally be presented the award by PAMED on March 13 at 2 pm. A brief ceremony will be held at his practice (2603 Stafford Ave, Scranton, PA 18505).

Patients and medical colleagues can nominate Pennsylvania physicians for this monthly award at

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The Pennsylvania Medical Society was founded in 1848. To learn more about PAMED, visit its web site at or follow on Twitter @PAMEDSociety.

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