Meet the 2020 MAFP 'Academy' Awards Honorees

Each year, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians recognizes exemplary members for their dedication to their patients, commitment to their specialty, and service to their community. Here is a sneak peek at this year's honorees. They will be presented their awards during MAFP's virtual 'Academy' Awards celebration on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning immediately following the virtual MAFP Annual Meeting (approximately 2 pm ET).

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 honorees! Click here to learn more about MAFP's 'Academy' Awards and register to attend the virtual awards celebration and Annual Meeting. All MAFP members are invited to attend.

The 'Archie' Award of Excellence

The late Robert Toteff, MD, FAAFP, formerly of Saginaw, established one of the first private family medicine group practices—a model for many modern primary care practices, even today. He also advocated for the formal recognition of "general practice" as a specialty, and for family medicine residency programs in Michigan to receive funding at a time when very few programs had such funding. 

Kenneth Bollin, MD, a retired family physician from Harrison Township, served in family medicine leadership positions at Ascension St. John Hospital for more than 25 years. He was also directly involved in and oversaw managed care in the St. John Hospital System, bringing cost-efficient healthcare to the southeast Michigan area.

Michigan Family Physician of the Year

The late Lynn Gray, MD, MPH, FAAFP, of Berrien Springs, was a long-time member of AAFP and MAFP. He served in many leadership roles, including 2005-2006 MAFP President. With expertise in diversity and health equity, Dr. Gray was especially dedicated to promoting the value of and need for family medicine in underserved communities and advocating for increased diversity among family physicians. He practiced family medicine and emergency medicine for more than 40 years in southwest Michigan.

Michigan Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Christine Medaugh, MD, a family physician and educator at the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine, teaches in multiple settings to multiple levels of learners. She works as a preceptor on the faculty inpatient family medicine obstetrics service at University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency; is medical director at the multispecialty Livonia Health Center; and practices at the Luke Clinic, a source of free care for pregnant women and children in Detroit.

Michigan Family Medicine Residents of the Year

Jawan Gorgis, MD completed family medicine residency in June at Beaumont Health-Troy. As chief resident, she championed a culture of wellness to prevent burnout among her colleagues and was recognized for innovation. Dr. Gorgis is also actively involved in the community, volunteering at schools to educate children about the dangers of tobacco use, and at local clinics serving uninsured and underinsured patients.

Julie Thai, MD, MPH is academic chief resident at McLaren Flint Family Medicine Residency, where she is recognized for her leadership and scholarship. She is a catalyst for family medicine advocacy, having recently championed an advocacy and health policy curriculum she co-wrote with colleagues. The curriculum is gaining state and national attention as a model for residency programs to replicate.

Outsanding Medical Student in Michigan

Jaclyn Israel has been a steadfast family medicine candidate since entering Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. With a passion for ensuring individuals experiencing homelessness have access to quality care, she serves on the senior advisory board of Detroit Street Care, a student-led volunteer organization that provides no-cost care to unhoused Detroit citizens in their environment, and is helping launch a similar program in Traverse City.