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Parker named head of W.Va. Academy of Family Physicians

May. 13, 2013 @ 06:45 AM

Parker named head of W.Va. Academy of Family Physicians

Dr. John A. Parker Jr., a family physician from Huntington, was installed April 20 as president of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians during the 61st Annual Scientific Assembly held at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Parker is an associate professor of Family Medicine at the Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Parker serves as the medical director for the Marshall University Department of Family and Community Medicine's Rural Residency program at the Lincoln Primary Care Center in Hamlin. Prior to his employment at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, he was employed as a community physician at Tug River Health Center in McDowell County. He has a certificate in Tropical Medicine and served more than 12 years with the U.S. Army as a physician and 12 years as a missionary serving patients in South American countries.

A board-certified family physician, Parker earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and his medical degree from University of Virginia Medical School. He completed a family medicine residency at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga.

Becker named 'Family Doctor of the Year'

James Becker, MD, a family physician from Huntington, was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians' highest award, Family Doctor of the Year for 2012.

The award was presented by John Parker, MD, during the academy's 61st Annual Scientific Assembly held on April 20 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Thom Stevens, the academy's Government Affairs liaison made the oral presentation. Stevens noted that Becker has served for the past several years as the medical director for the academy's Doc for a Day at the West Virginia Legislature. During his tenure as medical director, he was responsible for establishing medical protocols for emergency care that are responsible for saving lives.

"Jim has been a strong physician leader that has made a difference in the health and welfare of not only the legislative body when their in session but the capitol employees," Stevens said.

The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician that provides compassionate, comprehensive care. In addition to his role as medical director for the Doc for a Day program, Becker was recognized for being a role model to medical students and resident physicians as well as to his physician colleagues.

A board-certified family physician, Becker completed medical school at the Marshall University School of Medicine in 1993. He did his family medicine residency at Marshall.

Davenport named Goldy's Salesperson of the Month

HUNTINGTON -- Goldy Auto of Huntington has named Nate Davenport its Sales Person of the Month, for the second month in a row for outstanding sales for the month of April.

Davenport is originally from Ironton but now resides in Barboursville. The former college baseball player and Cedarville University is an original member of the Goldy Auto sales team since opening in January 2013.

Walters joins Valley Health--Harts

HUNTINGTON -- Valley Health Systems Inc. has announced that board certified family medicine physician, Randall "R.W." Walters, MD, will be joining Valley Health -- Harts beginning May 21. Appointments with Walters for patients of all ages are now being accepted.

As a family medicine physician, Walters is qualified and experienced in treating newborns to the elderly with health conditions that range from well-visits to acute illnesses to chronic diseases. He looks forward to serving families in Harts and surrounding communities and welcomes patients both by appointment and on a walk-in basis.

Walters, who comes to Valley Health with 13 years of practice experience, is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has devoted much of his career to rural-based family practice. His career originally started in nursing, and he later earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn., and completed his family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

At Valley Health - Harts, Dr. Walters will work alongside fellow family medicine practitioners, Charles Vance, III, DO, and Caroline Culver, PA-C; dentist, Jon Kardos, DDS; and gynecologist, Javier Vallejos, MD. Together they will work as a team to provide integrated, patient-centered care to those they serve.

Valley Health - Harts is located at 22 Fleming Drive in Harts and can be reached at 304-855-4595.

For more information about Valley Health Systems, visit www.valleyhealth.org.