Treat All of Your Patients as Unique Individuals Deserving of Compassion, Says Physician of the Year Honoree

From left to right: Tom McNamara, DeSales University; Kerry Robison, Highmark Blue Shield; Dr. Rovito; Sandra Murphy, Capital BlueCross. Photo credit: Keith Muccilli

Allentown surgeon Peter Rovito, MD, FACS, was honored as Physician of the Year by Lehigh Valley Business (LVB).

Dr. Rovito, a longtime Pennsylvania Medical Society and Lehigh County Medical Society member, was one of 10 individuals and organizations who received Health Care Heroes awards at a ceremony held by LVB on April 14, 2015.

The Health Care Heroes awards program was created to honor both individuals and organizations making an impact on the quality of health care in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Forty-three people and organizations from the Greater Lehigh Valley were nominated for awards, including Physician of the Year, Education Hero, and Innovation Hero.

“I’m honored and humbled to have received this award, said Dr. Rovito. “Physicians don’t do what they do for recognition – but it’s nice when your peers and the community acknowledge your commitment to your patients.”

Dr. Rovito was singled out for his regular mission trips – arranged through the World Surgical Foundation – to developing countries like the Philippines as well as his work with surgical residents.

“Although the practice of medicine has changed considerably since I hung out my shingle in 1988, I’ve always tried to ensure that my residents understand that the most important thing they can do is to treat all of their patients as unique individuals deserving of compassion and the best surgical care they can possibly provide,” Dr. Rovito said to LVB.

Read more about Dr. Rovito and the other Health Care Heroes 2015 winners and nominees.

PAMED would like to congratulate Dr. Rovito on receiving this prestigious award and thank all of our members who have dedicated their careers to improving the health of their patients.

Mentoring Matters

More than 100 surgical residents have passed through Dr. Rovito’s practice, LVB reports. He is a four-time recipient of the surgical residents’ own “Teacher of the Year” award. Although some residents have moved on to other areas of the country, many still keep in touch with him for advice.

A mentoring relationship is an important one for both mentors and mentees. If you’re interested in being part of a mentoring program but aren’t sure where to start, PAMED’s Match-a-Member Mentoring Program provides opportunities.

Those looking to participate in PAMED’s mentoring program can do so by following these three simple steps:

  1. Complete an online profile.
  2. Return the mentoring agreement.
  3. View PAMED’s training video.