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Dr. Richard Rieselbach Wins Prestigious Award for Health Care Advocacy

Madison, Wisconsin - In recognition of his promotion of accessible and affordable health care, Dr. Richard Rieselbach, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, will receive the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award through the American College of Physicians (ACP) during an award ceremony May 21 in Washington, D.C.


In a letter sent by Robert Doherty, senior vice president for the ACP’s governmental affairs and public policy, Rieselbach was commended for being a tireless advocate for a number of causes including the shortage of primary care physicians, support for the Affordable Care Act, and expanding Medicaid. 


In 2012, Rieselbach organized the internal medicine component of the Wisconsin Primary Care Summit to develop strategies to increase the number of primary-care health professionals to serve patients. 


A faculty member at the SMPH for 46 years, he served as the nephrology division chief and subsequently, was also the founding associate dean of the UW-Milwaukee Academic Campus and served as its Department of Medicine chair.


He also served a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in Washington, D.C. where he helped craft legislation on expansion of graduate medical education for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy’s committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. 


Rieselbach is presently a health policy consultant for the UW Medical Foundation, where he advocates community health center/academic medical center partnerships (CHAMPS) to address primary care graduate medical education and cost-effective care for the underserved. 


Rieselbach is only the second Wisconsin physician to receive the Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award since it was first established in 1999.  Neubauer , who died in 2011, was an internal medicine physician in Alaska.

Date Published: 05/15/2013

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