June 05, 2014

Medical School names Ed Paul its ‘Distinguished Alumnus’

Dr. Ed Paul received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2014 from the SIU School of Medicine. A graduate of the class of 1981, Paul is director of medical education at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz., and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. 

The award from the School’s Alumni Society Board of Governors recognizes outstanding contributions to medicine and distinguished service to humankind. It was presented at SIU’s commencement ceremony on May 17 in Springfield.   

Dr. Paul has received many awards, most recently the Arizona Family Physician of the Year in 2012 and a recent appointment to the Arizona Medical Board. He is a member of the Advisory Council for The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) and helped create the first MLP in Tucson, Arizona. He has been board certified in Family Medicine during his career in residency education and his particular interests include patient-centered primary care models for small communities, health care in underserved and rural populations, and fostering innovation in graduate medical education programs in community hospitals. He has been an active member of the board of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians for many years and has recently served as Legislative Task Force Chair. 

Paul completed a family practice residency in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1984, followed by a faculty development fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tuscon (1987). He earned his medical degree at SIU School of Medicine (1981) and master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Illinois State University in Bloomington (1978, 1976).