Robert Gunther, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, Augusta Pediatrics
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Dr. Gunther’s award acknowledges his long-term service and commitment to caring for patients in a wide variety of settings—as a rural primary care clinic for the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System, as an attending physicians in the nursery at Augusta Health, a top-level committee chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics and as a volunteer physician on medical trips to Haiti. He is involved in working for the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, serving on the Waynesboro School Board and participating in the development of a camp for children with disabilities, Camp Light.
“Dr. Gunther is special because he is such a true doctor and pediatrics is really his calling,” said Jessica Simmons, M.D., who nominated him for this award. “He sees medicine as his passion and as a mission. He is giving of his time, consistently volunteering his medical expertise to affect positive health changes. He constantly strives to improve the health of not only his patients but also his community. He evokes the image of a physician from the 1950s or 1960s, where medicine and public health represented his/her life and not just a job or a career.”
Dr. Gunther has a Master’s degree in Public health and is heavily involved in Quality Improvement projects, like the Smoking Cessation project where he targeted smoking cessation for the caregivers of pediatric patients and a Developmental Screenings project where he screened for developmental delays and autism in infants and toddlers. He received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, served his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and received his Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.