The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) has honored Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., with its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award.
LeRoy has been practicing medicine for 22 years. He serves as associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of family medicine at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and as a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.
"Dr. LeRoy models what a family physician should be. He walks the talk. He takes the time to talk with and mentor students in their student and leadership roles," said Therese Zink, M.D., chair of the Department of Family Medicine.
In addition to serving as a mentor to students, LeRoy serves on the medical school's academic curriculum and admissions committees. He is a member of the Wright State University Academy of Medicine, and he sees patients at Reach Out of Montgomery County, a free clinic for the underserved and underinsured.
Extremely active in the Dayton community, LeRoy not only teaches his medical students the clinical side of medicine, he also shows the students how to care about patients and advocate for them. Through his actions, he teaches his students to serve their community.
"I appreciate that Dr. LeRoy took time not only to teach me about the medical side of being a physician, but also to teach me how to be a patient advocate," said Kara Yutzy, a medical student.
In addition to the East Dayton Health Center and Reach Out of Montgomery County, LeRoy serves the community as the chief medical consultant for Dayton Public Schools, a volunteer with the American Red Cross, and a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter.
"As a life-long Daytonian and public servant for 37 years, I know no one has given more of themselves to help others," said James Gross, health commissioner of Montgomery County. "It is my hope that the medical students at Wright State realize at some point in their lives that having Dr. LeRoy as a mentor was a gift, a very rare and valuable gift. He has been a gift to me."
LeRoy is a well-known and highly respected leader at the local, state, and national levels. Some of his leadership roles include: serving as a board member of the Montgomery County Board of Health, Hospice of Dayton, and the Wright State University Alumni Association; immediate past chair of the Dayton Foundation; a member of the Care Source Quality Assurance Committee; past president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians; and one of Ohio's physician delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Ted Wymyslo, M.D., chief medical officer for the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and immediate past director of the Ohio Department of Health, has watched LeRoy's career unfold over the years.
"He made a difficult decision to forego traditional private practice in order to address the health needs of the underserved in Dayton," Wymyslo said. "His character and teaching abilities made him a natural for advancement into a greater teaching role with the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, ultimately leading to his current leadership position in the dean's office. I can think of no greater role model for our future physicians, and have a great appreciation for his many sacrifices along the way."
The OAFP is a statewide professional association with more than 4,600 members.