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Family Physician of the Year

Jeff Luther, MD, 2016 Recipient

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CAFP’s Family Physician of the Year honor is awarded annually to a family physician who embodies the finest characteristics of physicians in the family medicine specialty and is involved in activities that enhance the quality of life in communities. Recognized by colleagues as a compassionate physician who delivers state-of-the-art medical care, Dr. Luther serves as an inspiration to longtime physician colleagues as well as younger physicians.
 

Dr. Luther practices as a member of the Memorial Care Medical Group in the Memorial Care Health System. He also is director of the Memorial Care Family Medicine Residency Program, training new physicians entering the specialty of family medicine. A past CAFP president and a member of the CAFP Board of Directors, he provides leadership and physician education locally and statewide. He also represents CAFP at the national level through work with the American Academy of Family Physicians.
 

“From the exam room to the state Legislature, Dr. Luther shows what a dedicated family physician can accomplish,” said CAFP Immediate Past President Jay Lee, MD, MPH. “He provides outstanding direct care and also pursues health policy solutions that affect patients and their care. From supporting health care reform that expanded coverage to millions of Californians to advocating for families’ wider use of childhood vaccines, Dr. Luther is a true patient advocate."
 

Several colleagues sent letters of support for Dr. Luther, including Sue Melvin, DO, who recalled a patient sharing her experience of being cared for by him. She had severe gastroparesis and needed to visit the office frequently for IV medication. On one episode, while she was vomiting, I told her I was going to step out of the room to get the nurse so we could get the IV going. She responded with a smile and said, “Dr. Luther always stays with me and holds the basin.” Jeff has a special gift of gracefully finding the special sacred (healing) space between the doctor and the patient.
 

“From the exam room to the state Legislature, Dr. Luther shows what a dedicated family physician can accomplish,” said CAFP Immediate Past President Jay Lee, MD, MPH. “He provides outstanding direct care and also pursues health policy solutions that affect patients and their care. From supporting health care reform that expanded coverage to millions of Californians to advocating for families’ wider use of childhood vaccines, Dr. Luther is a true patient advocate.”
 

As a leader in vaccine advocacy who educates parents about vaccine safety and encourages more families to vaccinate their children against preventable diseases, Dr. Luther also represents CAFP on the California Immunization Committee. In addition, his clinical interests include public health, asthma and allergies and supporting patient weight loss.


Past Recipients

2015: Steven Green, MD 2005: Robert Werra, MD 1995: Todd Coté, MD
2014: Carla Kakutani, MD 2004: Korey Jorgenson, MD 1994: Dana Ware, MD
2013: Michelle Quiogue, MD 2003: Timothy Nicely, MD 1993: Thomas Nesbitt, MD, MPH
2012: Bo Greaves, MD 2002: Albert Ray, MD 1992: Antonio Velasco, MD
2011: Peter Broderick, MD 2001: Elizabeth Morrison, MD 1991: Marcia Sablan, MD
2010: Eric Ramos, MD 2000: Daniel Castro, MD 1990: Janet Armour, MD
2009: Alan Glaseroff, MD 1999: Harry Walker Depew, MD 1989: Joseph Scherger, MD, MPH
2008: Condessa Curley, MD 1998: Richard Gibbs, MD and
Patricia Hellman Gibbs, MD
1987-88: Ron Smith, MD
2007: Ada Marin, MD 1997: Daniel Takeda, MD 1986: Frank Norman, MD
2006: Samuel LeBaron, MD 1996: Patricia Samuelson, MD 1985: Charles Pruess, MD