Drs. Voelker and Lobosky honored with 2014 Physician Legacy Award in 10th year of the award program

Each year Enloe Medical Center’s Physician Legacy Award recognizes a member of the Enloe medical staff for exceptional service, leadership and performance in medicine and the community. This year two honorees were named. Emergency Medicine Specialist William Voelker, MD, and Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky, MD, were honored at a general medical staff physician meeting on Dec. 16, 2014.

The selection process for the award includes a review of nominations made by doctors on the medical staff, employees, volunteers and community members. The final decision is made by the medical executive committee, composed of physicians who have been elected by their peers to lead Enloe’s medical staff. This year that vote resulted in a tie and the committee decided to present two awards.

Criteria includes an Enloe physician whose leadership at the hospital and in the community both locally and at large has changed our world for the better, who has been a member of the medical staff for more than one year, and who has excellent clinical knowledge and skill.

Emergency Medicine Specialist William Voelker, MD

Dr. Voelker came to Enloe in 1981 as the first residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician in the state north of Sacramento. With past Legacy Award recipient Terrence Fraters, MD, Dr. Voelker helped create the emergency medicine system that provides essential care to the north state. One of his award nominations stated, “Dr. Voelker has been on the medical staff for over three decades, witnessing and guiding the growth of a small, community hospital ER to a regional referral cardiac, stroke and trauma center.” Another nomination simply said, “Dr. Voelker made the ER what it is today.”

Dr. Voelker received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency from Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn. He is a member of the Chico Emergency Physicians Medical Group and has served as chair of the Emergency Department at Enloe Medical Center for the past 12 years. Dr. Voelker also has a military career. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1993 and was awarded his "wings of gold" by the Navy in 1995. He is currently a Navy Captain with over 700 hours of flight time in 18 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft. Dr. Voelker was born in Oakland, Calif.

Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Lobosky, MD

Dr. Lobosky joined Enloe’s medical staff in 1984. He has undertaken many leadership roles at the medical center and in his field. He has served as medical director of Enloe’s Neuro-Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit since 1991, chaired Enloe’s Orthopedic Surgery/Neurosurgery/Podiatry Department for two terms (1989–1990 and 2006–2007) and has been a member of the Enloe Board of Trustees since January 2014. Dr. Lobosky was the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) representative to the Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons from 2006–2009. He has been a member of the AANS/CNS (Congress of Neurological Surgeons) Joint Task Force on Regionalization of Neurosurgical Emergency Care since 2008.

As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Lobosky has advocated for brain injury prevention. In 1988, he started the local chapter of the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation, which provides educational programs aimed at helping those at high risk – particularly, children, teens and young adults – learn to reduce their risk for injury. He has served as the physician leader of the local chapter since that time and worked at the national level from 1992 to 2001, including as chairman of the Board of Directors from Oct. 1998 to Oct. 2000. Additionally, in 1990, Dr. Lobosky founded the “Heads Up” bicycle helmet safety program locally.

Dr. Lobosky is an educator, leading rounds in Enloe’s Neuro-Trauma Surgical ICU, regularly teaching at California State University, Chico as well as at the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Neurological Surgery, where he is Associate Clinical Professor. He has been recognized as a thought leader and authority on the changing health care system with the publication of his book in 2012, “It’s Enough to Make You Sick: The Failure of American Health Care and a Prescription for the Cure.”

Dr. Lobosky is board certified in neurological surgery; received his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, and completed his neurosurgical residency with the University of Iowa, Hospitals and Clinics. He is currently a surgeon with the Enloe Neurosurgery and Spine Program. Dr. Lobosky was born in Hammond, Ind.

Past recipients of the Physician Legacy Award are: Samuel Brown, MD (2013); Dale Wilms, MD (2013); David Potter, MD, (2012); John Howard, MD (2011); Eugene Cleek, MD (2010); Joseph Matthews, MD (2009); Terrance Fraters, MD (2008); Joseph Chiapella, MD (2007); Jimmy Roberts, MD and Walter Mazen, Sr., MD (2006); James Wood, MD (2005); and Donald Heithecker, MD (2004). More information can be found at www.enloe.org/legacy.

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