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2017 MPPDA Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD, Award Recipient

Thad Salmon, MD

The Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA) will award Thad Salmon, MD, at the 2017 MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award during the APPD 2017 Annual Spring Meeting held April 4–5, 2017, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.  Recognizing Dr. Tunnessen’s dedication and gifts as an educator, clinician, and advocate for children, MPPDA established this award in his honor in 2002. 

Dr. Salmon is described as an outstanding primary care physician who focuses on serving the disadvantage citizens of his community. Understanding patient needs, demonstrating compassion, and advocating for the poor are only a few words that describes his practice in medicine.  Dr. Salmon is involved in the annual Root & Heritage festival, leads the Reach Out & Read program, and has revised the University of Kentucky’s mental health resource handout to provide insight to patients about insurance options.  He is a member of Gold Humanism Society and has received the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award.

Dr. Salmon is currently a fourth year resident in the medicine-pediatrics residency training program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. He earned his MD at the University of Kentucky and completed his undergraduate degree at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY.