Physician Of The Year

A 37-year member of Jamestown Radiologists has been named WCA Hospital’s 2014 Physician of the Year.

On Wednesday, hospital officials awarded the 10th Physician of the Year award to Dr. James Dahlie. Dahlie is a board-certified radiologist who has been working in the Jamestown area since 1977. Dahlie was born in Park Falls, Wis., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and his medical degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He completed his internship at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and his diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Dahlie received his board certification in June 1977 and came to Jamestown a month later. He is a member of Jamestown Radiologists and a staff physician at WCA Hospital. He is a past president of the WCA Medical Staff and Jamestown Radiologists. Dahlie said diagnosing illnesses is no small task for his professional peers.

”Be grateful and take joy in being a doctor,” he said.

Dr. Ronald Klizek and Dr. Patrick Collins announced the Physician of the Year award. Klizek, who created the award, said he did so because he wanted to give recognition to physicians playing an important role in the community.

”It takes a lot of skill, patience and endurance,” Klizek said of being a physician. ”It is an honor to be a part of this staff.”

Several past recipients were in attendance for the announcement. They included Robert Ungerer, who was honored in 2009; Linda Swanson, wife of Randall Swanson who was honored in 2012; Ranjit Laha, who received the honor in 2007; and Richard Lisciandro, who received the honor in 2006.

Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital president and chief executive officer, thanked the hospital’s physicians for playing the key part in the care provided at WCA.

”We’re privileged to have the most skilled physicians here at WCA,” she said. ”We will always be committed to high-quality care.”

Jim Johnson, Robert H. Jackson Center president and chief executive officer, gave the keynote presentation entitled: ”The Robert H. Jackson Legacy: Prosecuting a Head of State.” Johnson served as chief of prosecutions for the Special Court of Sierra Leone from 2003-12, overseeing the trail and investigative teams which prosecuted persons accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law, including the trials of Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia. The Special Court, an International War Crimes Tribunal, was responsible for prosecuting persons who bear the greatest responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone.

The event also celebrated National Doctors’ Day. The medical staff at WCA Hospital consists of 136 physicians representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.