HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Ron D. Stollings, M.D., a 1982 graduate of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is one of eight people to have been awarded the American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2016 Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.
Stollings, who is board-certified in internal medicine and practices in Madison, has served in the West Virginia Legislature since 2006. He represents Boone, Lincoln, Logan, and parts of Mingo and Wayne counties and currently serves on four legislative committees, including Health and Human Resources and Finance.
Stollings previously served as chair of the Committee on Health and Human Resources and chair of the Committee on Confirmations, as well as chair of the Corridor G Regional Development Authority. He is a former member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, past president of the West Virginia State Medical Association and past president of the Madison Rotary Club.
Nominated by Congressman Evan Jenkins, former executive director of the West Virginia State Medical Association, Stollings said he is deeply honored and humbled to receive the award.
“I am so grateful to be able to serve my community as a physician and through public service in the state senate,” Stollings said. “In addition, I am extremely grateful to have wonderful mentors including Dr. Charlie McKown, Dr. Mabel Stevenson, Dr. Bertie Marshall, Dr. Skip Turner, Dr. Martha Mullett, Dr. Bill Neal, Dr. Pat Brown, Dr. Tino Amores and others. And I know these individuals share my belief that physician begins with “PH” for public health. Further, I appreciate my partners, especially Dr. Robert Atkins and staff, for working harder to allow my public service.”
In 2012, Stollings received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Medicine Alumni Association. He has also been recognized with an Award of Distinction from the Marshall University Alumni Association, the 2012 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award from the West Virginia Primary Care Association and the Inaugural Oral Health Champion Award from the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition, among others.
The Nathan Davis Awards highlight the significant accomplishments attained by men and women in government service who are striving to advance the well-being of all. The award, named after the founding father of the American Medical Association, recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.