The Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians has named Dr. Edmund Guelig its 2011 "Family Physician of the Year."
Guelig, of Wellsboro Laurel Health Center, has worked for 20 years in the same practice with his wife, Daria.
"He is the kindest and most compassionate doctor I have ever met," said one of his patients. "When he walks in my room, he makes me feel as though I am the only patient on the planet and he has all the time in the world."
Says Guelig: The "rewards and sense of gratification that come from being a family doctor in a small rural community is difficult to describe in words."
He received undergraduate and master's degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1976. He was led to family medicine through his desires to care for patients "from cradle to grave," to deal with a diversity of health problems and to address psychosocial concerns that present themselves as health issues.
Guelig received a medical degree from West Virginia University in 1988. In 1991, he moved to Wellsboro to start a practice with his wife, enamored of the borough's natural beauty, excellent local hospital and health system, and wonderful community in which to raise their four children.
The PAFP supports its members through advocacy and education to ensure a patient-centered medical home for every Pennsylvanian. It also is the primary voice on health care issues with state government.