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Excellence in Healthcare Award Goes to PEA Member and Surgeon Al Butner

 

Dr. Alfred Butner is a Health Care HeroPEA members turned out in force to celebrate the awarding of the Excellence in Healthcare (a.k.a Healthcare Hero) Award to long-time member Dr. Alfred Butner at a ceremony on August 8, 2013.  The award was presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Al had a 42-year medical career as a general surgeon and has been responsible for many “firsts” throughout his career.  He helped expand minimally invasive surgery to general surgery and was one of the first surgeons to use this type of technique for gallbladder surgery.  His practice was initially general surgery with an interest in breast diseases.  By the end of his career, he was focused on breast surgery, including diagnosis, treatment, and providing second opinions.  Before his retirement in 2012, he helped establish a breast care clinic at the Veteran’s Administration Palo Alto Health Care System.  Read more about Al’s career accomplishments on the Silicon Valley Business Journal website.

Speaking personally, I know of no physician more deserving of this award than Dr. Butner.  I have never known a doctor as committed to his patients, to keeping up with the latest information and technology, or as kind and giving of his time and advice as Dr. Butner.  I have been the grateful recipient many times of Dr. Butner’s medical advice on issues that worried me, whether they were my own personal health concerns or concerns regarding a family member or friend.  He somehow manages to be a straight shooter while also wrapping his information in kindness.  I have worked with Dr. Butner as well as been a patient and I can attest to the high esteem in which his patients hold him.  He has been semi-retired for several years and there are many former patients who have chosen to continue to see him whenever he is available to see them.  I can’t count the times a patient expressed deep relief that he was still available for consultations during this time.  We even had some patients travel from out of state to continue to see him!  I think this speaks volumes not only about his expertise but also on his ability to connect with patients, a rare quality in a surgeon.

Dr. Alfred Butner has been an enthusiastic member of the Peninsula Executives Association since 1984.  He was awarded the Craig Calkins Memorial Executive of the Year award in 2003 and served as President from March 2005 through February 2006.  He was awarded the highest honor at PEA, Honorary Membership in 2009.