News Release

Dr. Walter Mazen, Sr. receives
Physician Legacy Award recipient 2006

Enloe Medical Staff Appointment: March 17, 1969
Medical School: University of California (San Francisco)
Internship: San Francisco County Hospital
Residency: San Mateo County Hospital, including Chief Resident in Medical-Surgical Services
Practice: San Mateo as general practice physician until moving to Chico and beginning a private general practice; Practiced as Surgical Assistant until early 2006
Positions: President of the Butte-Glenn Medical Society, volunteered in Mental Hygiene Clinics
Honors: California Medical Association’s Frederick K.M. Plessner Award, in 1998, given to a physician who “best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural practitioner."

Comments from Legacy Award nominations:
"He was the quintessential ‘country doctor’. He has been a wonderful representative of the
medical community in general and is an admirable citizen who is a valuable role model for us all” - Bob Ryan

“I’d like to nominate Dr. Mazen … as a testament to all the patients he once cared for who have
since expressed to me their admiration of his caring demeanor, empathy, wit, remarkable clinical abilities and dedication.” - Attila Kasza, MD

“(For being) a Chico MD for 45-50 years, a hospital leader, community leader, national leader,
world leader and fisherman.” - Joe Matthews, MD

“True old-fashioned doc” - Vimali Paul, MD

“Walt is a true inspiration to this present generation of physicians. He embodies what is great and admirable about this profession: compassion, caring, integrity. He has continued to live out his professional passion well beyond when many others have fully retired. Walt is all about
relationships and his patients and colleagues are more rich because of that”. - Marcia Nelson, MD, VPMA Enloe Medical Center

Media Contact:

Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist, Enloe Medical Center
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell


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