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Dr. Peter Robinson Named Physician of the Year

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From left celebrating 2016 Physician of the Year honors, Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Cheryl Robinson, wife of Dr. Peter Robinson; DR. PETER ROBINSON, retired orthopedic surgeon, 2016 Physician Of The Year; Timothy Brown, M.D., WCA Hospital Medical Staff president; Steve Kilburn, chair, WCA Hospital Board Of Directors; Rebecca Siliano, business coordinator, JAMA-GLPP; Kelly McDonald, Administrative Business Manager, GLPP; Steve Tompsett, LPN, systems analyst, JAMA-GLPP.

JAMESTOWN, NY (Wednesday, March 31, 2016)—WCA Hospital held its Doctor’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday, March 31, commemorating the National Doctor’s Day observance that saluted the medical staff at WCA which consists of 170 dedicated physicians representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties. Peter Robinson, MD, retired orthopedic surgeon at WCA Hospital for 38 years, received the prestigious Physician of the Year Award during the ceremonial event.

The distinction is given annually to an outstanding physician in Chautauqua County on the medical staff distinguishing him or her for significant practice experience, compassion, community involvement, and a commitment to a healthier community.

The Physician of the Year Award is chosen by the past three presidents of the medical staff at WCA Hospital. Announcing this year’s recipient was Timothy Brown, MD, medical staff president. “Dr. Robinson has dedicated himself unselfishly to the advancement of orthopedics during his time at WCA, bringing minimally invasive surgical techniques and total joint replacement advancements to our hospital,” said Dr. Brown. “He is passionate about orthopedics, our hospital, this community, his family, and life itself. He will be sorely missed.”

Born and raised in Chautauqua County, Dr. Robinson spoke fondly of his upbringing. “My family moved to Chautauqua County from the Boston Massachusetts area in 1954 where I began fourth grade in a small, two-room schoolhouse,” Dr. Robinson said. “After completing my undergraduate studies at Cornell and later on to Cornell Medical School in New York City, I completed a residency at Dartmouth College and returned to the Big Apple to complete a three-year orthopaedic residency at The Hospital For Special Surgery. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I eagerly returned to Chautauqua County and joined the orthopedic practice of Dr. Paul Danahy on July 1, 1977. The years have rolled by quickly and many transformations have taken place, but the heart and character of WCA Hospital has not changed. This hospital is not only marked by its red brick campus, the amazing growth, the excellent medical staff, and new technology, but the people. To me, the real heart and soul of WCA Hospital are the heroines and heroes of this institution. I may have begun my orthopaedic career at The Hospital For Special Surgery—HSS, but I thankfully wound up at HSSP—The Hospital of Super Special People.”

A member of the medical staff at WCA Hospital since 1977, Dr. Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Cornell University, located in Ithaca, New York. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School, New York, New York. After successful completion of a residency program at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, he completed a three-year residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York, New York. After completing his studies, Dr. Robinson returned to the area and joined the orthopedic practice of Dr. Paul Danahy. Before retiring from practice in December of 2015, he was a physician member of Jamestown Area Medical Associates – GLPP. A devoted physician and family man, Dr. Robinson has cared for the orthopedic needs of thousands of residents across the Chautauqua County region during his tenure.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Robinson and the entire medical staff who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our patients,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “Our physicians have dedicated much of their lives to enhance and preserve the health of others and we are truly grateful for their contributions to the well-being of this region.”

Past honorary Physicians of the Year include, Bert Rappole, MD, honored in 2005; Richard Lisciandro, MD, honored in 2006; Ranjit Laha, MD, honored in 2007; Sawaran S. Bambrah, MD, honored in 2008; Robert Ungerer, MD, honored in 2009; Bill Toms, MD, honored in 2010; Bhagwandas Sutaria, MD, honored in 2011; Randall Swanson, MD, honored in 2012; John LaMancuso, MD, honored in 2013; James Dahlie, MD, honored in 2014; and Ronald Klizek, MD, honored in 2015.

George Edward Murphy, vice president and chief marketing officer at Chautauqua Institution, was keynote speaker for the celebration luncheon. Murphy talked about the upcoming Chautauqua Institution season and the massive $41.5 million renewal project that will lead to a restored Amphitheater at the institute.

The first Doctor’s Day, held on March 30, 1930, in Winder, Georgia, was inspired by the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842. On March 30, 1958, the United State House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctor’s Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctor’s Day. The resolution designating March 30th as National Doctor’s Day was signed by President George Bush.

For a list of physicians on the medical staff at WCA Hospital, visit To receive a free pocket 2016 Physician Directory/Calendar featuring the entire medical staff, e-mail or call 716-664-8614.

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