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Dr. James Dahlie, Named Physician of the Year

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From left celebrating 2014 Physician of the Year honors, Patrick Collins, M.D., WCA Hospital Medical Staff President; Christopher Dahlie, son of Dr. James Dahlie; Shelley Dahlie, wife of Dr. Dahlie; JAMES DAHLIE, M.D., 2014 Physician of the Year; Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.


JAMESTOWN, NY (Friday, April 4, 2014)—WCA Hospital recently held its Doctor’s Day Luncheon commemorating the National Doctor’s Day observance on Wednesday, March 26, in the WCA Hospital Auditorium.  The annual event, hosted by hospital leadership, saluted the medical staff at WCA which consists of 136 dedicated physicians representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.  James Dahlie, M.D., board-certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital for 37 years, received the prestigious Physician of the Year Award during the ceremonial event. 

The Physician of the Year Award is chosen by the past three presidents of the Medical Staff of WCA Hospital.  Announcing this year’s recipient was Patrick Collins, M.D., president of the WCA Medical Staff, and Ronald Klizek, M.D., board-certified radiologist, who established the Physician of the Year program.  The distinction is given annually to an outstanding physician in Chautauqua County on the medical staff distinguishing him or her for significant practice experience, compassion, community involvement, and a commitment to a healthier community. 

Dr. Dahlie, this year’s recipient, provided a few last words of wisdom to those in attendance to be grateful and proud to be a doctor, “It is truly an honor to be recognized,” Dr. Dahlie said.  “My career has been a happy and pleasant thirty-seven years and it has been a lot of fun.”

A member of the medical staff at WCA Hospital since 1977, Dr. Dahlie was born in Park Falls, Wisconsin, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin and medical degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He completed an internship at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, and a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center, located in Kansas City, Kansas.  Board-certified in radiology, Dr. Dahlie moved to the Jamestown area in 1977 when he joined Jamestown Radiologists located in Jamestown, New York.  Throughout his tenure with WCA Hospital, Dr. Dahlie has provided exemplary service in many medical leadership roles and has been instrumental in developing innovative radiology practices and services that meet the ever-changing needs of a growing healthcare community.  

“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Dahlie as physician of the year,” Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, said.  “We are very privileged to have some of the most highly-skilled physicians in this region, right here at WCA.  This commemorative event gives us an opportunity to honor our physicians for their hard work and devotion to our patients. The outstanding care they give so generously protects the quality of life in our communities.  Today, we extend special praise for the excellent service they give to our hospital and our patients.”

This year marked the 10th Anniversary of the Physician of the Year celebration at WCA Hospital.  Tribute was given to past Physicians of the Year and Dr. Ronald Klizek for his leadership to the Physician of the Year program for the past ten years.

“When we introduced this program ten years ago, we wanted to honor doctors who are active in the trenches of medicine,” said Dr. Ronald Klizek.  “Medicine is a very difficult obligation and profession and it takes a great deal of skill, time, and endurance.  The physicians on the front-lines of care are undoubtedly the least ones acknowledged for their work.  That got me thinking about what makes for a good physician?  There are important characteristics of a good doctor including their longevity, outstanding care for patients, keeping up with current medical practices and education requirements, and serving an active role in the community and hospital. 

These ideals became the guiding principles that define our Physician of the Year Award.  I am really honored to be part of this program for the past ten years and to be an active member of this medical staff.  We have an impressive medical staff with a great deal of superior physicians that could be working anywhere in the United States including big medical hospitals and university centers, but they have chosen to be here at WCA. Today, we thank them for their work.”

Past honorary Physicians of the Year who were recognized at the event included, Bert Rappole, M.D., honored in 2005; Richard Lisciandro, M.D., honored in 2006; Ranjit Laha, M.D., honored in 2007; Sawaran S. Bambrah, M.D., honored in 2008; Robert Ungerer, M.D., honored in 2009, Bill Toms, M.D., honored in 2010; Bhagwandas Sutaria, M.D., honored in 2011; Randall Swanson, M.D., honored in 2012; John LaMancuso, M.D., honored in 2013.

The first Doctor’s Day, held on March 30, 1930, in Winder, Georgia, was inspired by the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.  On March 30, 1958, the United State House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctor’s Day.  In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctor’s Day.  The resolution designating March 30th as National Doctor’s Day was signed by President George Bush.

For a list of physicians on the medical staff at WCA Hospital, visit To receive a free pocket 2014 Physician Directory/Calendar this features the entire Medical Staff who are experts in their specialties at WCA Hospital, e-mail or call (716) 664-8614. 

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