The FMEC thanks UPMC Life Changing Medicine for sponsoring the 2023 awards program.


Congratulations the 2023 FMEC Award Winners!
View the 2023 Awards Booklet

Family Physicians Changing Our World
James J. Ledwith, Jr., MD, FAAFP
UMass Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
UMass Chan Medical School
Fitchburg, MA

Mid-Career Faculty Achievement
Brintha Vasagar, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Bayhealth Medical Center
Dover, DE

Stephanie L. Ballard, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency
Pittsburgh, PA

Emerging Leader
Innes Tounkel, MD
Jefferson Family and Community Medicine Residency
Philadelphia, PA

Chelsea A. Faso, MD
Amsterdam Family Health Center, Institute for Family Health
New York, NY

This We Believe
Sonya Levine, OMS-IV – “The Body Electric”
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Stacey Nickoloff, DO – “I Believe in Millennials”
Forbes Family Medicine Residency Program
Allegheny Health Network
Pittsburgh, PA

Lewis Wong, MD – “Listening is Healing”
Glen Cove/Northwell Health Family Medicine Residency
Glen Cove, NY

Creative Writing

Maureen Litchman, MD – “Not Knowing”
1st place prose
The Wright Center for Graduate Education
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sukanya Srinivasan, MD, MPH –“It’s Complicated:  Thoughts on a Personal Grief Journey”
2nd place prose
UPMC McKeesport, Penn Plum Family Medicine
McKeesport, PA

Brianna K. Moyer, MD – “Is This Normal?”
3rd place prose
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency
Lancaster, PA

Steffany Moreno, MS, MSIV – “An Oath”
Prose Honorable Mention
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia PA


Aimee Burke Valeras, PhD, LICSW – “How to Talk About Pain”
1st place poetry
NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
Concord Hospital Family Health Center

Hailey Kindt, MSIV – “If You Read Her Chart”
2nd place poetry
Penn State College of Medicine

Jessica L. Faraci, MD – “Help”
3rd place poetry
Mid Coast Medical Group
Family Practice at Parkview 

Visual Arts
Aimee Burke Valeras, PhD, LICSW – photograph entitled “Hoping Against Hope”
1st place
NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency
Concord Hospital Family Health Center

Sruthi Srinivasan, MSIV – painting entitled “Human Touch”
Honorable Mention
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University