The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians has nominated its 2016 Family Physician of the Year, Terry Wagner, DO, FAAFP, of Hudson, OH, for the American Academy of Family Physicians 2018 Family Physician of the Year award.
The AAFP Family Physician of the Year is selected each year from among AAFP physician members in good standing who are directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. The recipient is announced at the AAFP Family Medicine Experience each fall.
Dr. Wagner provides compassionate, comprehensive, and caring family medicine on a continuing basis. His Family Physician of the Year Award video features just a few of the 148 patients from Hudson Family Practice and local community members that nominated Dr. Wagner for the OAFP award. He comes alive in the exam room with his patients with true concern and dedication for their well-being, and they feel it. He treats patients with a love and compassion that is rarely seen these days, and is noticeable. Dr. Wagner is never too busy to hold the hand of a depressed patient, to comfort someone when they are afraid, to explain details when a patient is overwhelmed, or to simply listen to a proud grandmother brag on and on about her grandchildren.
Directly involved in his community, Dr. Wagner is involved with many local organizations. The local fire and police departments took the time to send in letters of support for Dr. Wagner’s Ohio award nomination.
“…I realized something. All of my time, work, and dedication to my patients was worth something to them. These people wanted to do something for me, not only as their physician, but also as their friend. I knew at that point that I had made a difference in their lives; I was successful in what I had set out to do,” said Dr. Wagner.
Dr. Wagner believes that it is his calling as a family physician to ensure that the art of family medicine is passed down to future generations. He visits local elementary schools to present “The Life of a Doctor” to teach school-age children what being a family physician is all about and to help calm fears about seeing a doctor. Acting as a credible role model, Dr. Wagner never passes up the opportunity to have a student or resident in his office. Many spend months at a time with him, and many students have changed their career paths after seeing the magic that family physician have with their patients.
Like he says in the video, Dr. Wagner is a proud family physician! Good luck, Dr. Wagner!