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Local doctors honored by Vail Valley Medical Center

(left to right) Dr. Paul Abbott, vice president of medical staff Mindy Cooper, Vail Valley Medical Center president CEO Doris Kirchner and Dr. John Schultz at the annual Vail Valley Medical Center physician awards ceremony.
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VAIL — Vail Valley Medical Center President and CEO Doris Kirchner honored the 2014 winners of the Physician of the Year and Rising Star awards, presented to Dr. Paul Abbott and Dr. John Schultz, respectively. Dr. Mindy Cooper, vice president of the medical staff, presented the awards at the annual ceremony.

Each year, medical staff members nominate their colleagues for physician awards, and winners are chosen by their peers, physician leadership and hospital administration. More than 200 Vail Valley Medical Center physicians are eligible for these honors.


The Physician of the Year award acknowledges a physician’s leadership, quality patient care, contributions to the community and hospital, and the utilization of evidenced-based medicine in daily practice.

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Abbott, of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, is this year’s award recipient. He was also named one of US News & World Report’s Top Doctors in 2013. Abbott has specialized in sports medicine since 1986 and is the only physician in Eagle and Summit counties who devotes his elective practice exclusively to the treatment of shoulder problems.

He has developed database applications that facilitate the collection of patient-based outcomes and, along with Dr. Peter Janes, of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, has produced the largest snowboard injury study in the world. According to the medical center, Abbott is known by his peers for the integrity, respect and honesty he brings to his relationships with his patients and colleagues. He actively supports the community through charitable causes and has instilled a culture of generosity and outreach within his practice.

“Dr. Abbott’s contributions to sports medicine extend well beyond Eagle and Summit counties, and we are grateful to have him and so many other incredible physicians on VVMC’s medical staff and in our communities,” said Kirchner.


The Rising Star Award is for physicians that embody all of the qualities of Physician of the Year but have been on staff at Vail Valley Medical Center for five years or less.

In his first year as a surgeon with Mountain Surgical Associates, Schultz impressed his colleagues by being a hard-working, knowledgeable and caring physician. He is also noted for being willing to teach, as well as listen, and he communicates and connects well with his patients and their care teams. He brings new ideas to the table and is patient in his explanations.

In addition, Schultz rode for the VVMC bike team this summer and despite his busy work schedule, he competed in all seven races and had a podium finish in Davos Dash and Beaver Creek Blast.

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