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Scutchfield Receives Service Award

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Photo of F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D.
F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D.

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Scutchfield served as the director of the University of Kentucky School of Public Health from 1999 through 2003. Scutchfield joined UK in 1997 with the goal of instituting a School of Public Health at the UK Chandler Medical Center and establishing a health services research center. He served as founding director for the Center for Health Services Management and Research, UK Chandler Medical Center.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2003) -- The Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA) has selected F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., to receive the prestigious AMA Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to a member of the association for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine. The award was presented at the AMA House of Delegates meeting in Hawaii.

Scutchfield served as the director of the University of Kentucky School of Public Health from 1999 through 2003. Scutchfield joined UK in 1997 with the goal of instituting a School of Public Health at the UK Chandler Medical Center and establishing a health services research center. He served as founding director for the Center for Health Services Management and Research, UK Chandler Medical Center. He holds joint appointments as professor in both departments of Family Practice and of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, UK College of Medicine; professor in the Department of Health Services, UK College of Health Sciences; and professor in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, UK Graduate School.

Scutchfield is a native of Wheelwright, Ky., and received his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1966. He began his career in public health as a resident in preventive medicine at the UK College of Medicine and as a surgeon in the Public Health Service, Epidemic Intelligence Service, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scutchfield’s additional graduate education includes business administration and economics at Morehead State University, epidemiology and biostatistics at University of Minnesota, and health services administration at the University of Michigan.

Scutchfield served as Surgeon in the Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., from 1967 to 1969. Previously, he served as the president of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and received the AMA’s Dr. William Beaumont Award.

Scutchfield is currently editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and is on sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the Kettering Foundation. He has been named a Dozor Visiting Professor at BenGurion University of the Negev.

Frank A. Riddick Jr., M.D., chief executive officer emeritus, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, also received the AMA Distinguished Service Award for his lifetime of service and contributions to the practice of medicine. As an internist and endocrinologist at Ochsner, Riddick worked to develop the postgraduate educational mission of Louisiana Charity Hospital System and guide early negotiations leading to the merger of the American Academy of Medical Directors and the American College of Physician Executives. Riddick’s work has been recognized by over 100 publications, medical textbooks and journals on issues such as medical ethics and medical education.


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