Awards and Recognition

2024 Award Nominations

Nominations for 2024 will open in winter 2023.

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Family Physician of the Year

David Bazzo, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM 

Hero of Family Medicine

Kimberly Buss, MD, MPH

Preceptor of the Year

Lauren Simon, MD, MPH

Resident of the Year

Chelsey Song, MD

Educator of the Year

Natalie Rodriguez, MD

Champion of Family Medicine

Akilah Weber, MD

Award Descriptions


Family Physician of the Year

The California Academy of Family Physicians presents this prestigious award to an individual who exhibits the finest qualities of family physicians and who goes above and beyond in service to patients and community.

Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence

This award recognizes educational excellence in the field of family medicine. Criteria for the award include advances in education in the field of family medicine; excellence in family medicine teaching in medical schools, residency programs or post‐graduate CME. 

Family Medicine Resident of the Year

The California Family Medicine Resident of the Year award is given a resident who represents the finest characteristics of family medicine.

Hero of Family Medicine

The CAFP Hero of Family Medicine Award goes to the family physician who has represented our specialty, our profession and our patients so strongly that we bestow the title ‘hero.’ The award winner has gone above and beyond the call of duty to advocate for his or her patients, practice family physician colleagues and family medicine.

Champion of Family Medicine

The CAFP Champion of Family Medicine Award goes to the legislator or leader who has exemplified courage and empathy for patients, and demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to the cause of advocating for family medicine and primary care on behalf of patients.

Foundation Philanthropist of the Year

The Philanthropist of the Year Award is presented to an individual (or couple) with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles on a community, state and/or national level. 

Foundation Preceptor of the Year

The Foundation Preceptor of the Year award honors family physicians who precept and mentor our future generations. 

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