Albani has been practicing family medicine for 27 years and currently practices as a solo practitioner in Canfield. He is also a volunteer faculty member for the family medicine residency program at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, and is an assistant clinical professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown.
“He lives an ‘on call’ life,” said Tom and Georgia Backus, patients of Albani who nominated him for the award. “His care for families day and night is a part of his professional and personal make-up. During the holiday season, he comforts families who have lost a loved one that year in his care by sending a poinsettia honoring their life and bringing comfort to the family.”
Albani’s contributions to his community go beyond the typical volunteer citizen. In 2008, he helped start the Midlothian Free Health Clinic to assist individuals in need. He currently serves as the medical director of the clinic, promoting activities, developing and coordinating medical care for the indigent and staffing the clinic with volunteers.
“He is highly respected by his peers, patients and the community,” said Albani’s colleague, Elisabeth Young, M.D., F.A.C.P. “His bedside manner is caring, honest and respectful. He is genuinely committed to his patients’ welfare and altruistic in his provision of their care.”
Albani graduated with his M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus and completed his family medicine residency program at Mount Carmel Medical Center, also in Columbus. He will be recognized as a Fellow of American Academy of Family Physicians this year.
Albani and his wife Karen reside in Boardman and have five children, Thomas J., David, Sarah (fiancé, Todd McCormick), Rebecca and Matthew. He enjoys sailing with family and friends and has an interest in travel, music, photography and carpentry.
OAFP annually presents the Family Physician of the Year Award to an individual who meets and exceeds the criteria of being an outstanding family physician role model, maintaining high professional standards, providing high-quality and family-centered health care, and being active in community, education or other public affairs. Candidates must have 10 years post-residency or equivalent experience, currently be in practice and a member of OAFP.
Albani will receive the Family Physician of the Year Award at the 2011 OAFP Awards Dinner on Aug. 6 at the Marriott Columbus Northwest in Dublin. Reservations can be made at www.ohioafp.org or by calling OAFP at 800-742-7327.
Dr. Thomas E. Albani Jr. of Boardman