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In recognition of his communication skills, community service and positive attitude, Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Palliative and Supportive Care Medical Director, Douglas Wilson, MD, was named 2015 Physician of the Year by the Napa County Medical Society.
“In addition to excellent, compassionate patient care (which includes home visits when needed), he participates in a number of community collaborative efforts, from safe paths for bicycles to improved access to Advance Care Planning in the community,” said Dr. Robert Moore, MD, MPH, the Chief Medical Officer for Partnership HealthPlan of California who used to work with Dr. Wilson at Ole Health. “His calling is to serve our communities, in particular the most vulnerable members of our community.”
Dr. Wilson grew up in California and attended medical school at Loma Linda University. After he completed his residency at the University of California-Los Angeles’ Ventura County Family Practice in 2001, he began working as a Family Physician at Ole Health. He has worked there for the past 15 years.
His interest in caring for people with serious illness led him to specialize in palliative medicine to provide relief to patients experiencing pain, physical and mental stress. In 2007, Dr. Wilson graduated from Harvard Medical School’s Program in Palliative Care (PCEP). In 2013, he became the Medical Director of Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Palliative and Supportive Care team, which specializes in improving patients’ quality of life during a new, chronic or life-threatening illness by reducing symptoms and anxiety.
“[He has] gained the respect of his physician colleagues, giving the relatively new palliative care consultation service at Queen of the Valley a remarkable level of acceptance for this stage in its existence,” said Dr. Moore.
“Doug is one of our treasures here at the Queen” said Dan Dwyer, Vice President of Mission Integration for Queen of the Valley Medical Center. “His kind-hearted, empathetic nature is calming to patients and families going through stressful, life-changing conditions. In these circumstances, he has an exceptional ability to listen wholeheartedly to the patient, family and caregivers to help them make decisions while ensuring each patient’s wishes are respected.”
He is a leader not just in Napa County, but on the state and national level. In 2009, 2011 and 2013, Dr. Wilson served as a Volunteer Physician at one of Bere Adventist Hospital in Chad. He actively has served on Clinica Verde’s, board of directors for the past three years, helping to provide healthcare to those in need in Nicaragua. He has also chaired the California Medical Association’s Young Physician’s Section and was President of the Napa County Medical Society in 2012-2013.
“There are so many docs who work so hard and sacrifice so much for the good of their patients,” said Dr. Wilson. “It is wonderful, validating and humbling to receive this award. I am honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient.”
About Douglas Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospice and Palliative Care. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University, completed his residency at University of California-Los Angeles’ Ventura County Family Practice, and graduated from the Palliative Care Program at Harvard Medical School. He is the Palliative and Supportive Care Medical Director at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Associate Medical Director at Napa Valley Hospice and Family Physician at Ole Health. He is affiliated with IPC-the Hospitalists Company and has practiced in Napa for more than 15 years.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org.
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