Alumnus of the Year Award
CDR Mark E. Fleming, D.O
Director of orthopedic trauma at the Walter Reed National Military Center in Bethesda, Maryland, CDR Mark E. Fleming has a distinguished career as an osteopathic physician, administrator, researcher and Navy officer. As a surgeon, he has conducted more than 2,000 operations, including complex limb salvage, reconstruction of periarticular injuries and amputation revisions. As director he is responsible for coordination of care of musculoskeletal injuries sustained by those in the Global War on Terror, and he had served as a forward deployed orthopedic surgeon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Ramadi.
Under his leadership as director of orthopedic research, CDR Fleming’s department presented or had published more than 80 research projects, rivaling any academic orthopedic department in the nation. His current research interests include regenerative medicine applications for limb salvage and preservation of functional amputation length. He serves on the Institutional Review Board for the Responsible Conduct of Research Committee, and is a site associate investigator for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium. CDR Fleming served as an aviation officer in Operation Desert Storm before attending MSUCOM, graduating in 1999. He completed flight surgery training in 2000, and took an orthopedic surgery residency at Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center and a fellowship in orthopedic trauma at the University of Minnesota. He now has an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
For his stellar standard of care for our valiant warriors, for his service to our nation, and for exemplifying the best of the osteopathic profession, we at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine proudly honor CDR Mark E. Fleming with the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Dean’s Award for Meritorious Contribution
Gregory A. Pecchia, D.O., FACOFP
The 2011 president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, Dr. Gregory Pecchia has been a strong advocate of vanguard office management systems and the implementation of medical informatics. A cofounder of Family Practice Physicians, Inc., in Orange, California, in 1984, he was instrumental in its growth to a six-physician, multi-office organization serving some 13,000 patients. He also serves as medical director of the Memory Assessment and Cognitive Fitness Program at Eisenhower Health Center in La Quinta, and staff physician at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.
He serves as a consultant on practice management and automation in a wide array of professional settings – private offices, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical software industry and continuing education programs. He also has been highly active as a preceptor and lecturer at several institutions, including the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, the U.S. Army emergency medicine residency, Chapman University, and others. A 1983 alumnus of MSUCOM, Dr. Pecchia is certified in family medicine and geriatric medicine, and did his postgraduate education at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
For his example, his leadership, and his commitment to excellence in primary medicine and the application of advanced technology to practice, we express our appreciation to Dr. Gregory A. Pecchia with the Dean’s Award for Meritorious Contribution.
Special Recognition Award
Jill Patton, D.O., FACP, FACOI
Dr. Jill Patton is director of osteopathic medical education and an attending physician at Advocate Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, and a clinical instructor in medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A 1994 graduate of MSUCOM, she took her internship through the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and was chief resident in internal medicine at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Active in both osteopathic and allopathic residency education, she maintains a substantial teaching load.
Despite these achievements, Dr. Patton’s accomplishments are reflected most in the lives of her patients. Her nomination, submitted by the deputy chief of the emergency medical services division of the Chicago Fire Department, cited her as “one of the most compassionate, caring and dedicated physicians we have ever come across in our lifetime.” He noted that her “bedside manner affects the quality of care provided, which includes empathy, being open to communications, and involving the patient.” Her role as educator extends to her patients as she “explains detailed medical issues, treatments and the latest research she has just reviewed.” He said that “Dr. Patton defines what a good doctor is and should be,” and that he can “attest to her being one of the best physicians the health care industry can provide.”
For her example of compassionate care, her consistent practice of the best of osteopathic medicine, and her positive impact on her patients, we express our appreciation to Dr. Jill Patton with this Special Recognition Award.