Dr. Glenn Kotz of Basalt has been named Physician of the Year by the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.
The academy, founded in 1948, represents more than 2,200 practicing and retired family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students. Based in Aurora, its stated mission is to support physicians and patients through education and advocacy.
Kotz, 60, who started practicing medicine in Basalt in 1991, was notified last month of the honor. He will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 3 in Fort Collins.
“The letters of recommendation we received for you were excellent,” wrote Dr. Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, chair of the organization’s awards committee. “[CAFP] greatly appreciates the work you are doing as a family physician and would like to commend you on that.”
Kotz said much of the credit should go to his staff at MidValley Family Practice and the work they do on a daily basis in taking care of more than 5,000 patients annually and advancing the goals of his medical office. MidValley’s dozen employees include a physician’s assistant, behavioral-health specialist, dietician, three nurses and other administrators and support staff.
“Everybody has contributed equally as a team to allow this practice to do what we’re able to do,” he said.
A native of Washington, D.C., Kotz attended Howard University Medical School. His residency was completed at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
Through his love of the outdoors, he moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1991 and opened a solo practice. He had no connections to the area.
“I love the environment here,” he said. “Like most people coming from a big city, the ski resorts offered more cultural exposure. And I love small towns. Once you’re here for a long period of time, you acculturate to the smaller community, and all of a sudden, after 30 years, you feel like this is a big community.”
Kotz, who specializes in sports medicine as well as family medicine, is a mountain biking enthusiast and has served as the national team physician for the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Division. Over the years he has provided support for numerous national and international mountain biking events.
In a letter endorsing the award nomination, Dr. R. Scott Hammond, medical director of Westminster Medical Clinic and a clinical professor for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, wrote that Kotz epitomizes the ideals of the family physician.
“He has a uniquely inquisitive and creative mind that has influenced many aspects of family medicine in Colorado,” Hammond said. “He is an innovator, researcher, stimulator and teacher, having participated in several pilots and initiatives. His outstanding clinical acumen is only matched by his compassion to provide both personalized care to his patients and the commitment to his community.”
Kotz confirmed that his practice has been honored repeatedly over the years as being “advanced and innovative.” Hammond’s letter points out that Kotz was the visionary behind last year’s Aspen Renaissance Transformational Team that created a network of family medicine practitioners to participate in research aimed at solving difficult problems surrounding primary care.
“He is an example of how one person can make a difference,” Hammond added.
Again, Kotz noted that his clinic’s accomplishments cannot be attributed to one person.
“Everyone at this practice is a major contributor,” he said.
Kotz, who has two children, said he plans to continue practicing medicine full-time for the next 12 to 13 years.