Two Santa Clara Valley Health
amp; Hospital System physicians received high honors from the
Santa Clara County Medical Association at an awards banquet on at
the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.
Two Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System physicians received high honors from the Santa Clara County Medical Association at an awards banquet on at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.
Dr. David A. Stevens received the 2003 “Outstanding Achievement in Medicine Award,” and Dr. Martin D. Fenstersheib received the award for “Outstanding Contribution in Community Service.”
Fenstersheib is the health officer for Santa Clara County and medical director of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department. A pediatrician by training, he is also an expert in HIV/AIDS treatment and a nationally recognized authority on bioterrorism.
Stevens, an internationally renowned expert on infectious diseases, specializes in mycology, the study of fungi. He has been the chief of infectious diseases at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center since 1972 and serves as the hospital’s epidemiologist.
“The SCCMA Awards Committee and the Council felt that your establishing the Infectious Disease Division at SCVMC and your international reputation in the field of fungal disease made you an outstanding choice for this year’s award,” wrote Medical Association President-elect John D. Longwell, in a letter announcing Stevens’ selection.
Stevens, who is also a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, is often sought after to speak at international forums. He has written or co-written more than 500 medical journal articles.
The Medical Association praised Fenstersheib for helping to create the county’s HIV/AIDS and Early Intervention programs, as well as his lead role in educating local physicians about bioterrorism. As the county’s health officer, Fenstersheib helps design, implement and oversee programs designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and other threats to the public’s health. He also helps to ensure that the medical community is prepared to respond to an incident involving mass casualties, such as an earthquake.
“This recognition is well-deserved,” said Robert Sillen, executive director of the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. “Dr. Fenstersheib and Dr. Stevens are outstanding physicians whose expertise has benefited not only their patients, but the community as a whole.”
The Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System provides a wide range of primary and specialty services and oversees public programs for the health and well-being of all county residents. Owned and operated by the County of Santa Clara, the Health & Hospital System’s main departments are Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the Public Health Department, the Mental Health Department, Ambulatory and Community Health Services and the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services.