August 30, 2007
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Dr. Karen Lin Named NJAFP Family Physician of Year
NEW BRUNSWICK - Dr. Karen W. Lin, of Piscataway, an associate professor of Family Medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of the Family Medicine residency program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, has been selected as the 2007 New Jersey Family Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians. The award is one of the Academy’s highest honors and is given annually to a family physician who serves the community with compassionate, comprehensive and caring medical service while being directly involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life in the community. The award recognizes those physicians who serve as role models in their communities as well as to other health professionals, especially to young physicians and medical students. She will be the NJAFP’s nominee for the 2009 American Academy of Family Physicians-Family Physician of the Year.
“Dr. Lin was recognized for her outstanding contributions to medical education and for her tireless community service efforts, ranging from home visits for elderly shut-ins to public service work with the American Cancer Society,” said Dr. Alfred F. Tallia, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “She has been instrumental in fostering cross-cultural understanding for students of all backgrounds and all levels of education. We are extremely proud of her accomplishments.”
A faculty member of the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since 1992, Dr. Lin earned her undergraduate degree from the National Taiwan University and her master’s degree from Rutgers University. She graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1989 and completed her residency training in UMDNJ-RWJMS Family Medicine in 1992. In addition to her academic duties, Dr. Lin maintains a large family medicine practice in New Brunswick.
During her career, Dr. Lin has been the recipient of more than two dozen education and service awards from the medical school, the American Cancer Society, the NAACP and other organizations. For the past 16 years, Dr. Lin has served as advisor to the Health Advisory Commission of Piscataway Township. She served as the president of the Board of Advisors at the American Cancer Society-Eastern Division and is a board member of Diversity and Disparity Council of the American Cancer Society as well as the past medical director of American Cancer Society-NJ Chinese Unit at Middlesex County. Dr. Lin is the medical consultant for the New Jersey chapter of the Tzu-Chi Foundation, a past president of the Chinese American Cultural Association and has served as a producer and announcer for the Chinese Radio Network.
The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) has been advancing the cause of family physicians and their patients for more than 50 years. With nearly 2000 members, including active practicing Family Physicians, residents in family medicine, and medical students interested in the specialty, the NJAFP is the largest primary care medical society in the state and a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.