Heritage Valley Physician Dr. Alfred Doyle to be Given the Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award

The Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation will award Alfred P. Doyle, M.D. with its prestigious Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award at its annual Gala Awards Celebration, which will be held March 8, 2014 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. 

The Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians. 

Dr. Doyle graduated from Princeton University in 1950 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1954, and then completed a residency program at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.  Following military service, he came to the VA Hospital in Oakland, PA.  From there he moved to Sewickley and began practice in Internal Medicine in the mid 1960's at the then “Sewickley Valley Hospital” and other regional facilities. He completed his specialty boards in Hematology and Oncology in the early 1970's and practiced in those specialties for forty years. 

"I've always thought of myself as a ‘foot soldier’ in the ranks of many far more distinguished colleagues, and this nomination to receive the Richard E. Deitrick Award came as an amazing and wonderful surprise,” said Dr. Doyle.  “Reading about Dr. Deitrick's pleasure in sharing extended time with his patients while engaged in a busy OB-GYN practice, and while serving the community in valued diverse functions, including Presidency of the Allegheny County Medical Society, elicits high esteem and  respect."
Dr. Daniel Brooks, Vice President of Community Health Services at Heritage Valley Health System, adds, “Dr. Doyle has a voracious approach to maintaining and applying current knowledge in clinical practice and has a lifelong commitment to evidence-based, research-supported medical oncology care.  He is the standard bearer for the objective, relentless pursuit of clinical quality.”

Dr. Doyle’s award from the Allegheny County Medical Society is the fourth award in the last five years presented to a Heritage Valley Sewickley affiliated physician.  Earlier this year, Dr. Dan Brooks, Heritage Valley Vice President of Community Health Services, won the 2013 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award.  In 2011, Otolaryngologist Dr. John Straka received the Ralph C. Wilde Award and in 2010, Heritage Valley Medical Group primary care physician Dr. Marc Schneiderman won the Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Physician Award.

Dr. Doyle adds, "Receiving this recognition reminds me of those who have been important in my journey as a physician.  I wish to express gratitude for my association with Dr. John Shoener, beginning in 1964, and my admiration for his personality and professional competence which in subsequent years attracted many key physicians to join the Heritage Valley Sewickley staff.  Secondly, Dr. Reginald Pugh, who along with Marmee Maylone, DNP, was of great help in the initial establishment of our oncology practice at Heritage Valley Sewickley.  I also think about my colleague, Dr. Michael Sherry, and his 1994 book, Confronting Cancer: How to Care for Today and Tomorrow, which allows one to enter into the perspective of the patient, to sense their wounded humanity.  Finally, I appreciate Dr. Edward Balaban's compassionate guidance of our Hospice program and Dr. Azizeh Djafari and her expert staff’s prompt and accurate pathology reports that are essential to appropriate decisions in oncology.  All of these individuals have helped shape my career and for that I am extremely grateful.”