Ithaca Journal, Kelsey O'Connor

A doctor from Dryden Family Medicine has been named the Family Physician of the Year by the New York State Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. William Klepack received the award, which is meant to recognize an "exemplary member of the family medicine profession in New York who has worked tirelessly to ensure the highest quality of care for his or her patients during his career," according to a news release from NYSAFP.

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He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his post-graduate training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and the Highland Hospital Family Medicine Program in Rochester. He has been an active member of the NYSAFP since 1994.

"I have served with Dr. Klepack on the Academy's Public Health Commission for years. His passion, expertise, hard work and energy in the public health arena, from local to global is extraordinary," said NYSAFP President Robert Ostrander in a news release. "He has a calm and reasonable demeanor, sometimes lacking in those with intense passion, making him all the more persuasive and effective. His service to the Academy has been exemplary."

"Dr. Klepack is a model and an inspiration for how a family physician in private practice can take care of his patients and also work to improve the health of his community and the public overall," Heather Paladine, chairwoman of the NYSAFP Board of Directors, said in a news release.

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Before coming to Tompkins County in 1989, Klepack practiced in Nome, Alaska, with the U.S. Public Health Service and he also joined a group practice in Bath, New York, according to his bio on the Dryden Family Medicine website. Klepack, who resides in Lansing, has been active in the Physically Handicapped Children's Program, and he is medical director of the Tompkins County Health Department. Klepack's particular interests include patient education, public health, preventive care and orthopedic medicine, according to Dryden Family Medicine.

"The practice in Dryden has been wonderful for me," Klepack said. "Our office has continued a very long tradition of trying to always put our patients first and take care of patients and their needs as a high priority. We've been really blessed with a staff who have helped to carry on that tradition."

The NYSAFP is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians and represents more than 5,000 family physicians and medical students throughout the state.