Awards

Nomination Information

The 2019 CAFP Awards are now open. Learn more about the awards below.

Family Physician of the Year

The Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding family physician who provides outstanding care, enhances their community, is a role model professionally and personally, and is an exemplary representative of the AAFP, CAFP, and family medicine profession.

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Teacher of the Year 

The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional family medicine educator, teaching part-time, full-time or volunteer. Nominees should demonstrate dedication to preparing the next generation of family physicians to provide excellent, patent-centered care.

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Family Medicine Resident of the Year

The F. William Barrows Award for Outstanding Family Medicine Resident Award recognizes a first, second or third year resident who demonstrates clinical, academic or teaching excellence and a dedication to patients, colleagues and the community.

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For questions about the awards please contact Lynlee Espeseth at lynlee@coloradoafp.org or 303-696-6655 x 16.

Past Winners

Colorado Academy of Family Physicians Awards

Year Physician of the Year Resident of the Year Teacher of the Year
1981 Thomas A. Richards, MD
S. Colorado
1982 Paul Salmen, MD
St. Joseph
R. Neil Chisolm, MD
1983 Joseph M. Murphy, MD
Mercy
Edward Bender, MD
1984 Stanley J. Malner, MD
AF Williams
David Williams, MD
1985 Richard Wheeler, MD
Mercy
Aris Sophocles, Jr, MD
1986 Erica Elliott, MD
Mercy
Edward Bender, MD
1987 Mary Ruth Salazar-Tier, MD
St. Joseph
Richard Nicholas, MD
1988 Mark Alping, MD
Parke Davis Teacher Development Award
Scott Corliss, MD
&
Carl Frickman, MD
Jim Ley, MD
1989 John Simon, MD Sally C. Berger, MD
St. Joseph
John Tarr, MD
1990 Andre Huffmire, MD
Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Medical Education in Family Medicine
Mary Fairbanks, MD
CHSC Family Center
&
Patrick Sankovitz, MD
Mercy
David Nowles, MD
1991 David West, MD Patricia Ammon, MD
Grand Junction
David Price, MD
1992 Robert N. Williams, MD David D. Candelaria, MD
St. Joseph
Christopher Shearer, MD
1993 Phillip J. Mohler, MD Sherry Whisenant, MD Penelope Thron-Weber, MD
1994 Mark Olson, MD Daniel Smith, DO
St. Joseph
Richard Patt, MD
1995 Kent Petrie, MD Warren Thompson, MD
St. Joseph
Sherman Straw, MD
Grand Junction
1996 Michael Victoroff, MD Frederick Grover, MD
UCHSC
Wilson Pace, MD
University
1997 Dean Branson, DO Elizabeth Winfield, MD
Swedish
Frank Reed, MD
1998 50 Superheros Elliot Bruhl, MD
St. Joseph
50 Superheros
1999 M. Lee Schmucker, MD Todd Wampler, MD
Ft. Collins
Mark Deutchman, MD
University
2000 Mark Sindler, MD Robert Reeg, MD
St Anthony
John Hill, DO
Rose
2001 John Ford, MD Eliz Albritton, MD
Ft. Collins
Richard Drexelius, MD
Swedish
2002 Thomas Kail, MD Jon Zonca, MD
Rose
Mark Cucuzella, MD
University
2003 Jerome Smith, MD Darcy Scheeler, MD
AF Williams
Andre Huffmire, MD
Craig
2004 Scott Rollins, MD Graham Chelius, MD
N. Colorado
William Wignall, MD
 
2005 Marnie Eulberg, MD Reed Sather, MD
Grand Junction
Martha Illige, MD
University
2006 Martin Pirnat, MD Laura Makaroff, DO
UCHSC
Kajsa Harris, DO
Pueblo
2007 Mike Pramenko, MD Reeves Bowler, MD
St. Mary’s
Marc Grushan, MD
Rose
2008 Robert McCurry, DO Kim Bentrott, MD
St. Anthony
Laura Stein, MD
Pueblo
2009 Caroline Reilly, MD Sameerah al-Bata’a-de-Montero, MD
University of Colorado Hospital
Barbara Kelly, MD
AF Williams
2010 Kent Voorhees, MD, Zach Wachtl, MD
RFMR
Dan Fahrenholtz, MD, MBA
Greeley
2011 Scott Hammond, MD
Westminster
Toby Long, MD
St. Mary’s Grand Junction
Brian Bacak, MD
Rose
2012 Kern Low, MD
Pueblo
Sarah DeMoor, MD, Greeley, and
Lisa Young, DO, Greeley
Katherine Miller, MD
University
2013 Paul Fonken, MD
Estes Park
Patrick Smith, MD
Swedish
Candace Murbach, DO
Pueblo
2014 John Bender, MD
Ft. Collins
Gina Martin, MD
Grand Junction
Corey Lyon, MD
Denver
2015 Elias Hernandez, MD
Ft. Morgan
Kari Mader, MD
University of Colorado
Leah Cooper, MD
Swedish
2016 Mary Fairbanks, MD
Denver
Michael Matergia, MD
St. Joseph
Kurt Dallow, MD
Greeley
2017 Steve Lavengood, MD
Durango
Brenda Campos-Spitze, MD
Greeley
Jeff Cook, MD
Greeley
2018 Gary Knaus, MD,
Carbondale
Cleveland Piggott, MD
University of Colorado, Denver
John Miller, MD
St. Anthony North, Denver

CAFP Foundation Patient Centered Innovation Awards (Previously PCMH of the Year)

Year Practice
2010 Westminster Family Medicine
2011 Miramont Family Medicine
2012 Primary Care Partners
2013 New West Physicians
2014 AF Williams Family Medicine
2015 University of Family Medicine of Westminster/Boulder
2016 University of Colorado Primary Care Clinic at Lone Tree
2017 Rocky Kohsla – Concussion Consultants at Centura
2018 Roaring Fork Family Practice