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St. Paul Doctor Receives MAFP Merit Award

Wednesday, April 24, 2013  
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William O. Roberts, M.D., received the 2013 Merit Award from the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP). The Merit Award recognizes a family physician who has worked diligently through the Academy to further the ideals of family medicine. Candidates are nominated by MAFP members.

Dr. Roberts is a family physician and is the director of the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. Nominators say that in his academic role he has provided strong leadership for the program’s residents and outstanding clinical service to his patients.

Dr. Roberts received a subspecialty certification in sports medicine through the American Board of Family Medicine in 1993, and since that time, has become a local, state, and national leader in primary care sports medicine.

Dr. Roberts has been the medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon since its inception. He has spoken internationally on marathon medicine and publishes more than ten articles in peer-reviewed journals annually.

MAFP member, David Thorson, M.D., nominated Dr. Roberts for the award. "As a family physician past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Roberts was a strong advocate for the role of family medicine in sports medicine,” he said.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members.

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