Family medicine doctor wins state award

October 1, 2010 | News, UToday
By Kate Wente



Dr. Sanford Kimmel, a family medicine professor at The University of Toledo, is the 2010 recipient of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Educator of the Year award.

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is a statewide professional association of about 4,200 members, including practicing physicians, residents and medical students.

Since 1948, the academy has represented the professional interests of Ohio family physicians, provided postgraduate medical education, and encouraged medical students both to enter this field and to advance the patient-physician relationship.

“An award like this is very humbling,” said Kimmel, who received the recognition in August at the annual Ohio Academy of Family Physicians dinner in Columbus. “Our group has put in a lot of time and effort and it’s nice to be recognized.”

Kimmel has been practicing family medicine for almost 30 years at the former Medical College of Ohio, now UT College of Medicine, and has been a professor of family medicine at UT since 2001. He serves as vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine as well as the new medical director for the UT Main Campus Medical Center.

He is a national expert and researcher, particularly on the topic of immunizations. He authored a chapter on growth and development for Textbook of Family Medicine and has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

He also has made contributions in the way of information about immunizations on the Internet by helping create and edit the online program called Shots 2010.

Available at, Shots 2010 is a quick reference guide to the 2010 childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules for the United States, and is linked and reviewed by the Centers for Disease and Control. Details about each vaccine are available with just a click of the mouse.

Aside from his many accomplishments, including the recent Educator of the Year award, Kimmel continues to improve upon and contribute to the field of family medicine every day.

“I have learned a lot of different things over the years, but it’s impossible to have all of the answers,” Kimmel said. “It’s a lot of fun working with the residents and students. I just hope that they can take something valuable away from me and the program here at UT.”

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