With 5,338 online votes, Karin Minter, MD, a pediatrician at Burlington Pediatrics, was named 2017 NC Doctor of the Year on Doctors’ Day, March 30. As part of the honor, Dr. Minter was presented with a $5,000 check she is donating to Reach Out and Read of Alamance County and Alamance County Partnership for Children.
For the last three years the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has spearheaded the NC Doctors’ Day celebration. Each year, beginning in February, the general public is invited to nominate physicians who exemplify the best of the profession. The idea is to show doctors, just how much they are appreciated. Ten finalists are selected from the numerous nominations by a panel of peers, and in March online voting opens for the finalist the public deems worthy of the NC Doctor of the Year title.
- Minter is a Clinical Quality University (CQ’U’) graduate. She participated in this Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership (KIPL) program with her team from Burlington Pediatrics in 2016. Yet another distinguished KIPL alumna! See article below on how you can take part in this acclaimed leadership training institute.
- A total of 22,588 online votes were cast for the 10 finalists this year – double last year’s tally.
- We captured Dr. Minter’s check presentation on Facebook live and had over 10k views on social media – a new record. Watch the festivities.
- Clark Hanmer, MD, a family physician in Laurel Hill, NC, was nominated for the NC Doctor of the Year award just days before he passed away from a rare form of cancer. Read a moving testimonial on why Dr. Hanmer was so deserving of the honor.
- To be a NC Doctor of the Year finalist is itself an honor. Here are this year’s finalists: Lydia Wright, MD, of Wilmington; Alan Forshey, MD, of Newton; Jennifer Orr, MD, of Morehead City; Katie Lowry, MD, of Lumberton; Nicole Swiner, MD, of Durham; Christopher Duggins, MD, of Charlotte; Velma Taormina, MD, of Gastonia; Christine Petzing, MD, of Nags Head and Graham Cosper, MD, of Charlotte. Congratulations to you all!
Even though Doctors’ Day is over, it’s never too late to honor an extraordinary physician in your life – whether you are a colleague, patient, family member or friend. Send a card that says you appreciate all he or she does every day for their patients. The proceeds from the cards support the NCMS Foundation and its work to increase access to care in underserved communities and its leadership development programs. Learn more and order your card.