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Society honors Eau Claire physician

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 24, 2012) — Richard T. Crane, MD, FACS, of Eau Claire was honored April 20 with the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Physician Citizen of the Year Award. He received the award during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The Physician Citizen of the Year Award was created to recognize physicians who have volunteered their time and talents to improve their communities and the state of Wisconsin. The annual award recognizes physicians for civic, cultural, economic and charitable services they provide to their communities.

Doctor Crane, an otolaryngologist at Western Wisconsin Ear Nose and Throat Center in Eau Claire, was honored for a 25-year career that includes 12 years serving as a mentor and instructor to young physicians in the Eau Claire Family Medicine Residency program, teaching about health issues at local schools and providing health care to smaller, remote communities in northwestern Wisconsin. In addition, he provides free care and medications to patients in need, not only in his own clinic, but by volunteering at the Eau Claire Free Clinic.

Eight others received Physician Citizen of the Year Awards: A. John Capelli, MD, of Kenosha; Haakon P. Carlson, MD, of Prairie du Sac; William J. Jarvis, MD, Kris Lahren, MD, and Mark J. Mirick, MD, all of Wausau; Bruce Rhoades, MD, of Chippewa Falls; Robert Rohloff, MD, of New Berlin; and Blaise Vitale, MD, of Grantsburg.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.