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Visalia Doctor Earns Statewide Award
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Visalia Doctor Earns Statewide Award

Ron Marconi, MD, a Visalia physician since 1979, has been named the recipient of the California Medical Association’s 2012 Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award.

This statewide award is presented to one recipient each year in recognition of the physician who exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural practitioner, with consideration of services donated to the indigent and to charitable groups. Dr. Marconi will receive the award at the California Medical Association’s annual conference Oct. 13-15.

Dr. Marconi was nominated by the Tulare County Medical Society, with supporting letters from patients, previous staff members and professional colleagues.

His career highlights include his years as a family practice physician at Sierra Medical Group starting in 1979, followed by service as Medical Director of The Lifestyle Center and Director of Mill Creek Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Marconi also served as president of the Tulare County Medical Society and director of Kaweah Delta HealthCare District Rehabilitation Hospital and of the Central Valley Regional Center.

He spent over 31 years volunteering as football physician for Golden West High School, served as a softball and basketball coach and provided physicals for VUSD and COS athletics. In 1993 he was awarded the George Tiss, MD, Memorial Award by the Tulare County Medical Society.

His colleagues in medicine in Tulare County offered high praise in their letters of support, calling him “the consummate model of the compassionate physician,” “unquestionably the finest physician I have ever met” and “the Sherlock Holmes of medicine,” known for his generosity and commitment to the underserved.

“We are pleased to have one of our own recognized for a lifetime of service,” said Steve Beargeon, CEO of the Tulare County Medical Society.

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