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Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence

Dereck De Leon, MD, 2018 Recipient


The Award for Educational Excellence in Honor of Barbara Harris highlights achievements in family medicine education, a field very important to Ms. Harris, a former CAFP Executive Director. One individual is honored annually with this award. The award is presented to an individual working in California who demonstrates excellence in advances in education in the field of family medicine; family medicine teaching in medical schools, residency programs and/or post-graduate CME.


The 2018 Award for Educational Excellence was presented to Dereck De Leon, MD. Dr. De Leon has all of the qualities of a great educator. He is an outstanding clinical teacher. He works with residents and students in numerous settings. He does scholarly projects and teaches his physician colleagues. He is a community leader and activist. Dereck has a long list of accomplishments, but what sets him apart is his amazing skill, passion and enthusiasm as a teacher.


Congratulations, Dr. De Leon.

Past Recipients

    2017: Lance Fuchs, MD
2016: Gilberto Granados, MD 2015: Jo Marie Reilly, MD 2014: Lauren Simon, MD, MPH
2013: Tom Bent, MD 2011: David Bazzo, MD 2010: Cecelia Gutierrez, MD
2009: Carol S. Havens, MD 2008: Susan Melvin, DO 2007:  Peter Sommers, MD
2006: Michael Prislin, MD 2005: Margaret McCahill, MD 2004: Marianne McKennett, MD
2003: Timothy A. Munzing, MD 2002: Ellen Beck, MD 2001: Francesca Taylor, MD
2000: Jimmy Hara, MD 1999: Alex Sherriffs, MD 1998: George Kent, MD
1997: John Dervin, MD 1995: Hugh Upton, MD 1992: Antonio Velasco, MD
1991: Marcia Sablan, MD 1990: Janet Armour, MD 1989: Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH
1987-88: Ron Smith, MD 1986: Frank Norman, MD 1985: Charles Pruess, MD