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Forest doctor earns Lynchburg Academy of Medicine service award
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Forest doctor earns Lynchburg Academy of Medicine service award

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Dr. Thomas W. Eppes, Jr. has been awarded the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine’s 2015 William H. Barney Distinguished Service Award.

The annual award recognizes a member of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine who has distinguished himself or herself through service to the Academy, to organized medicine and to the larger community.

The award was established in 1997 to honor the late Dr. Bill Barney, well-respected as a clinician and through his contributions to the medical profession and his community.

Eppes has been a family practitioner in Forest since 1981. He is the president of the Central Virginia Family Physicians Board and is on the Collaborative Health Partners Board.

Eppes served on the boards and as president of both the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and our local Academy of Medicine and was chair of numerous Medical Society of Virginia committees, including the Indigent Care Committee, Health Access Committee, and the committee overseeing MSV’s Medical Advocacy Group.

Currently Eppes is an alternate delegate from MSV to the American Medical Association (AMA) where he is chair of the Integrated Physician Practice Section Governing Council. This group’s mission is to advance, through policy and education, the interests of multispecialty, physician-led, integrated health care delivery.

A founding physician of the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Eppes has served on its board for 10 years. He continues to teach University of Virginia medical students in his practice and will add Liberty University medical students as they enter clinical rotations next year.

“The common thread of Dr. Eppes’ work is the idea that we are put here to serve others, and that by working together and by trying new things, we can make a difference and make things better,” Dr. Daniel Carey, Centra’s Chief Medical Officer, said in a press release.

“In so many ways, Tom has led the way, and with his youthful charm and enthusiasm, has made many physicians believe they too could make a difference. His influence and energy continue and he remains a model of optimistic leadership looking for the better path ahead. By honoring Dr. Eppes with the Barney Award, we affirm to our Academy what it truly means to serve our patients, to serve our profession and to serve our community.”

Eppes received his award last week at LAM’s annual Central Virginia Medical Community Reception.

Contact Amy Trent at (434) 385-5543 or atrent@newsadvance.com. Find her on Twitter: @amylynnetrent.

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