Serving the Underprivileged—Ohio’s 2017 Family Physician of the Year

“The work we do as family physicians is challenging and intellectually stimulating, particularly in a rural practice. What is most rewarding are the personal interactions. We are very blessed to share the high and low points of our patient’s lives,” said Carlos Menendez, MD.

A man of modesty and integrity, Dr. Menendez is the medical director for Family Health Services of Darke County Inc., a federally qualified health center with four locations in Greenville, Arcanum, New Madison, and Versailles. He is the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Menendez received his award on August 12 during the Members Assembly.

Dr. Menendez has spent his entire career serving the underprivileged of Darke county. He and his family came to Greenville in 1986 after fulfilling a National Health Service Corps obligation. Then, Family Health was a small practice housed in a renovated garage. He would make trips to migrant farm camps to deliver care out of the back of a station wagon; see patients in the emergency room because it was not staffed; make rounds in the hospital; and tend to patients in the office, their homes, and in skilled nursing facilities.

Learn more about Dr. Menendez’s by watching this short video:

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