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MAFP Announces 2012 Family Physician of the Year

Tuesday, May 1, 2012  
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The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has selected Andrew Burgdorf, M.D., of Buffalo, as the 2012 Family Physician of the Year. This award is presented annually to a family physician who represents the highest ideals of the specialty of family medicine, including caring, comprehensive medical service, community involvement and service as a role model.

Family physicians from across the state were nominated for the award by patients, community members, and colleagues. Four finalists were selected from the field of nominees. After reviewing dozens of nomination letters, the MAFP Board of Directors chose Dr. Burgdorf as the winner. The award was presented to him during the MAFP All-Member Celebration on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Dr. Burgdorf practices at the Allina Medical Clinic in Buffalo, MN. He has been a family physician in the community for nearly 24 years and also serves as the clinic’s lead physician. Dr. Burgdorf attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and did his residency at Methodist Hospital.

Those who nominated Dr. Burgdorf describe him as a caring and dedicated physician. "I know he’s very busy, but he really treats you like you are the most important part of his day when he’s with you,” said patient Katie Bottiger.

Dr. Burgdorf is admired for his energy, his positive attitude and his commitment to his patients, his family and his community. "He seems to sense that you need reassurance and he will give you that reassurance without asking for it,” said patient Thomas Evans.

"It’s not unusual for us to get calls and emails in the evenings from Dr. Burgdorf with the results of a test or suggestions for actions we should take,” said patient Criag Lilja.

Along with a busy patient schedule and administrative duties, Dr. Burgdorf is a charter member of the Buffalo Community Orchestra. He is a key player on the Buffalo Hospital Board of Directors, has served as the medical director at a local nursing home and helped coordinate an art "gallery” in the new hospital birth center. He also participates in the Buffalo Triathlon annually, volunteers with the local schools and has served as a physician for Mission Jamaica.

"He’s rare. I believe he is very rare,” said patient Gloria Gooler. "He’s a well-rounded person who cares about everyone. No matter what their age or their circumstance.”

Dr. Burgdorf and his wife, Sherilynn, live in Buffalo. The couple has two children.

Longtime Buffalo resident Mary Ann Lundsten explained it best. "I can’t imagine anyone contributing more to the community and the community is much the richer for it,” she said.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students organized to assist family physicians in providing quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest medical specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest national medical organizations in the United States with more than 103,000 members.


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