WILMINGTON — Dr. Brian Santin of Ohio Vein & Vascular based in Wilmington was recognized by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) as the Advocate of the Year for 2016.
This honor is bestowed upon an individual physician who has gone above and beyond the duty to patients and physicians as an advocate for advancing healthcare delivery in the state of Ohio.
“I am incredibly humbled by this phenomenal honor,” said Santin. “There is a lot to debate in healthcare and I firmly believe that by advocating and communicating the challenges patients and physicians face locally, at the state level, and nationally is not only the right thing to do, it is the most important way we will make progress to provide high quality healthcare.”
The OSMA held its annual meeting last weekend in Columbus.
Dr. Santin was heavily involved in the passage of the medical marijuana legislation last year and served at the pleasure of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) on the House Task Force on Medical Marijuana. The vascular surgeon also testified before the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in recent years to oppose changes to healthcare delivery to patients who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Santin also serves as an At-Large Councilor for the Ohio State Medical Association.
The OSMA is a statewide medical association representing nearly 16,000 Ohio physicians, residents, fellows, medical students, and practice managers. The OSMA is dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine for physicians and their patients, advocating on behalf of Ohio physicians at the state level, and protecting the medical profession.
The OSMA is affiliated with the American Medical Association at the national level and county medical societies at the local level.