Noreen O'Shea, DO, Receives Iowa Family Physician of the Year Award

Date of Publication November 28, 2018

Noreen O’Shea, DO, Family Medicine, Des Moines, has been named the 2018 - 2019 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.

The Iowa Family Physician of the Year award is presented to one outstanding physician in the state who best exemplifies the tradition of the family physician and who epitomizes the finest standards of family health care.

A letter received said this about Dr. O’Shea “Dr. O’Shea always calls with test results. She doesn’t rely on the portal to send information. I remember feeling very surprised that she was using her personal time, to call and discuss a plan of action. I was also even more impressed with her diligence. She obviously multi tasks well. Dr. O’Shea works with her patients, as a team member. She has given me materials about health issues she is teaching as a Professor to educate me about my condition. This is a woman who loves being a doctor. She listens, she researches, she teaches- she teaches her patients, she cares… I’ve never met a physician who is so well-rounded and committed to helping people. I knew from the moment I met her that I needed her to be my doctor. She explained her choice to join Primary Health Care as a return to what she loves: Community Health. Her eyes sparkled as she described her passion working on Native American Reservations in South Dakota before moving to Iowa. I feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated professional helping me to navigate the ever-complex medical system. I know that Dr. O’Shea is a busy mother, wife, advocate, and is involved in community organizations, as well as an avid cyclist. I have no idea how she manages all of this, but I’m grateful to her for the care she has provided my family and myself.”

As the Iowa Family Physician of the Year, Dr. O’Shea will become Iowa’s nominee to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the 2019 National Family Physician of the Year.

Dr. O’Shea and her colleagues, as family physicians, are trained in many areas of medicine including pediatrics, geriatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and community medicine. This gives them capability to treat more than 85 percent of all illnesses found in children and adults.

The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians has more than 1800 members and is a constituent chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which is the largest medical specialty society in the United States with a membership of more than 120,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students.

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