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Local doctor honored

November 1, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Thomas E. Albani Jr., MD was recently named 2013 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians at the opening ceremony of its annual Scientific Assembly.

According to an FAAFP press release, the award honors one outstanding American family physician that provides patients with compassionate and comprehensive care, and serves as a role model both professionally and personally in his or her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students.

A practicing family physician for nearly 30 years, Albani is a native to the Youngstown area, and in addition to his solo practice in Canfield, Albani assisted in the establishment of the Midlothian Free Health Clinic, for which he serves as medical director, as well as providing care to the poor of the community who lack access to needed medical care.

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Boardman Township trustees honor Thomas E. Albani Jr., M.D., with a proclamation at a recent meeting of the board. Albani was recently named 2013 Family Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians at the opening ceremony of its annual Scientific Assembly.

Established in 2008 and in receipt of no public funds, "I happen to be a very small part of it all," said Albani of the entirely volunteer staff who provide patients with a medical home for their primary health care needs.

In addition, Albani and his staff help patients navigate the often complex and confusing health care system when more advanced, sub-specialty care is required.

In 2008, Albani also helped establish Access Health Mahoning Valley, where he currently serves as a board member. Access Health Mahoning Valley is a multi-county initiative designed to provide comprehensive primary care to residents of Mahoning and Trumbull counties aged 19 to 64, who are uninsured and ineligible for public assistance.

Access Health Mahoning Valley is supported by local businesses, health, and political leaders who aim to reduce medical costs to the community by helping patients avoid expensive and unnecessary emergency room visits.

Extending his role as a family physician beyond community service and patient care, Albani is an assistant professor of family medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, as well as a volunteer faculty member at St. Elizabeth Hospital Family Practice Residency program.

In addition, he gives generously of his time to share his philosophy with young people, from middle school-aged children to medical students, encouraging them to pursue careers in family medicine and other health professions and to use their skills to service others.

A recipient of numerous awards, Albani has been honored with the 2012 Distinguished Physician award from the Mahoning County Medical Society, the 2011 Ohio Family Physician of the Year award from the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, the Humility of Mary Health Partners 2011 Mahoning Valley Leadership in Health award, the 2011 Eagle Excellence award from the Hubbard Alumni Association, and the 2003 Outstanding Volunteer Faculty Award from NEOMED.

Earning his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Albani completed his family medicine residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center. Board certified by the American board of Family Medicine, Albani has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

Boardman Township trustees recently offered a proclamation to Albani for his most recent award at the Oct. 29 regular meeting of the board at which Albani called the award significant.

Offered on a national level, Albani said of the opportunity to sing the praises of his hometown, its family ties and strong sense of community, "It's wonderful to be able to spout off about Youngstown."



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