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Featured Member

Community Member First, Doctor Second

The CCPH Featured member is Adam Gordon, core faculty member, and director of detoxification services, of the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations (PHCUP) within the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. As a medical student in the early 1990s, Adam was one of the first trainees in a partnership between Pitt Medical School and the Salvation Army - now he's helping to lead it. The experience of going from being a mentee to being a mentor in the partnership gives him an invaluable perspective that he now freely shares with the students he trains. When Adam talks to them about seeing himself as a community member first and a doctor second, they understand that he is not just pursuing a career but a passion. Sometimes students, colleagues and even patients are surprised by his attitude but more often they are energized by it. Therefore, it is no wonder why he was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2001 as one of the "Dozen Who Are Making A Difference" and received the American Medical Association's Young Physicians Section, 2001 Community Service Award. Of course, he merely shrugs the praise off, "The recognition that I have individually achieved is but a measure of the support of others around me."

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