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Members in the News
Raymond C. Truex, MD, FAANS, FACS
Berks County's own Dr. Ray Truex has been selected for the highest honor bestowed by the
Pennsylvania Medical Society: the Distinguished Service Award. The first recipient of this award
for lifetime achievement was Dr. Jonas E. Salk in 1956, for his work developing the anti-polio
vaccine. In the sixty-three years since, PAMED has recognized just 28 physicians and 2 nonphysicians with this honor. Dr. Truex is eminently worthy of joining this very select group, and the
Berks County Medical Society extends our hearty congratulations and our heart-felt thanks to Dr.
Truex for his myriad contributions to the well-being of the medical community and to the health
of his patients during his many years as a practicing neurosurgeon.
Since retiring from clinical practice in 2017, Dr. Truex has served as part-time medical director
for the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Physicians' Health Program (PHP),
providing outreach to physicians and other health professionals suffering from addiction, stress,
burnout, and mental health issues. His involvement with the PHP stretches back to the early
years of his career, when he fell victim to stress that led to substance abuse. Most fortunately, he
received the intervention and support he needed from the PHP and was able to return to clinical
practice. He has been a champion for this program ever since, joining the Board of Trustees of the
Foundation in 1998 and serving as Chair of the board for nine years.
"Dr. Truex embodies the 'three Ts' of selflessness - he shares his time, treasure, and talent to
create and ensure a healthier physician community across our commonwealth and beyond," says
Heather Wilson, executive director of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and
deputy executive vice president for PAMED.
The BCMS has been very lucky to count Dr. Truex as one of its most active members, as he has
contributed his time and talent as a member of our Executive Council and as President, Treasurer,
and Board Chair at various times. In 2017 he was selected to receive our Compass Award in
recognition of his extraordinary contributions to advancing the mission of our society.
Dr. Truex will be formally presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the annual
PAMED House of Delegates meeting in Hershey on October 26. Long may his service continue.

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