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William Johnjulio, MD, Named Chair of West Penn Allegheny Health System Department of Family Medicine

Monday, June 7th, 2010

West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) announced today that William K. Johnjulio, MD, has been appointed Chair of the System’s Department of Family Medicine. He will join the organization on July 1, 2010. 

Dr. Johnjulio joins West Penn Allegheny from UPMC Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, where he has served as both Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program since 2001.

Family medicine is a medical specialty devoted to delivering a range of acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services to individuals of all ages and sexes.
Physicians practicing in the field may hold either an MD or DO degree and must complete a three year family medicine residency to be eligible for board certification.

At West Penn Allegheny, Dr. Johnjulio will be responsible for overseeing all clinical, administrative and academic components of the Department of Family Medicine.

According to Sanford Kurtz, MD, WPAHS Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, and President of the WPAHS Physician Organization, Dr. Johnjulio assumes a critical role for the System given the current and escalating demand for primary care and family physician services in western Pennsylvania.

In the United States, it is estimated that more than 200 million office visits each year are made to family physicians, nearly 80 million more than the next highest medical specialty. Family physicians also provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty.

“One of the major challenges to the healthcare delivery system in our region and throughout the country is a severe shortage of family physicians to meet the clinical care needs of the communities we serve. The goal of our family medicine program is to not only provide outstanding services to our patients, but to ensure the long-term needs of the community are met through the training and retention of new physicians in this field,” Dr. Kurtz said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Johnjulio’s considerable talent and experience on board to lead this effort at West Penn Allegheny. His vision and commitment to the highest standards of personalized patient care and academic excellence will position us very well.”

Dr. JohnJulio graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed postgraduate training with a family medicine internship at the University of Rochester/Highland Hospital and a residency in family medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He also completed a Faculty Development Program at Duke University and a Physicians Leadership Academy Fellowship at Mercy Hospital.

While at UPMC Mercy Hospital, Dr. Johnjulio also served as Medical Director of three affiliated long-term care facilities and was an active member of many hospital administrative committees, including the Medical Staff Executive Committee, the Quality Management Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Graduate Medical Educational Committee.

Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Johnjulio is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. 

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