Peter King, MD, professor in the Department of Neurology, Heersink School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has received the Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Delivery from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. King is also the chief of the Neurology section of the Birmingham VA Health Care System.
The prestigious award is given to a VA health care practitioner who has demonstrated excellence and dedication to the delivery of patient care as recognized by patients, colleagues and leadership. It is the highest honor for health care providers within the VA.
As clinical chief of Neurology since 2001, King has created a large comprehensive department with nationally sponsored programs, including Centers of Excellence in epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and headache. The Neurology service provides subspecialty care to veterans in the Southeast. Many of these programs provide unique services that are not available in private or even academic hospitals.
King earned his medical degree from Duke University and did postdoctoral training at Duke and the Cleveland Clinic. He joined the faculty of UAB in 1992.
Photo: (L to R) VA Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Steven Lieberman and Dr. Peter King