Recipient of 2012 Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians

Falls Church, VA – (May 2, 2012) – The American College of Physicians has chosen Craig Cheifetz, MD, FACP, Associate Dean for Medical and Student Affairs, Inova Health System, and chair for the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Regional Medical Campuses, as the recipient of its 2012 Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians.  The McDonald Award is the College’s national award for outstanding achievement by a young physician who is within 16 years of graduating from medical school.

“I am honored to be recognized by my colleagues at the American College of Physicians,” commented Cheifetz.  “Besides the educational component of a physician’s training, we recognize the need to assist with challenging career choices as well as offering guidance ranging from personal finance to time management.  It is a privilege to mentor these young clinicians.”

The McDonald Award for Young Physicians was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Walter J. McDonald, a former American College of Physicians’ governor and regent, who served as its executive vice president from 1995 to 2002.  Areas of achievement may include leadership, academics (publishing, teaching, mentoring) and volunteerism.

“Craig is uniquely qualified and gifted for the instruction and mentoring he provides,” observed Mark Stauder, President and COO of Inova Health System.  “A top-notch clinician and academician,  Craig is having a positive impact upon the future of Inova and the future of medicine.”

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit health care system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research.