Denis Westphal, M.D., honored with 2017 Physician Legacy Award

Nominations for the Enloe Physician Legacy Award are submitted by doctors on the medical staff, Enloe employees and volunteers, and local community members. The hospital's medical executive committee reviews the nominations and announces the winner.

“Dr. Westphal provides compassionate, skilled care to his patients,” said Marcia Nelson, M.D., Enloe vice president and chief medical officer. “He is someone who leads by example and represents the best of what medicine can be.”

Westphal joined Enloe's medical staff in 1988, and has served in leadership roles while also providing surgical services at the hospital and in private practice. Currently, Westphal co-chairs Enloe’s Surgical Services Executive Committee, and previously he chaired the Surgery department.

He has been in private practice with Dr. Eugene Eddlemon since 1996. He is also a member of the medical staff at Skyway Surgery Center. In 1998, Westphal was Chief of Staff at Chico Community Hospital. That facility merged with Enloe in that same year.

Those making nominations described Westphal as a “compassionate, skillful surgeon,” and stated, “I hope he’s on call if I am ever in need of a surgeon.”

Outside of his medical life, Westphal and his wife Carlla are avid birders and love the outdoors. They support multiple community projects and organizations, including the Enloe Foundation. The couple raised two daughters in Chico, Christa and Erin.

Westphal is board certified in vascular surgery and general surgery. He earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in vascular surgery. He was a surgery instructor at Loma Linda from 1986 to 1988.

See all of the past recipients of the Physician Legacy Award.

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