I was awarded the 2014 Physician of Excellence Award. The award is given by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) and published by Orange Coast Magazine. The award is given to only a small handful of physicians in Orange County and is awarded based on a range of qualifications. I am very honored to have been chosen to receive the award for 2014. Being nominated by my patients, and being chosen by our Orange County Medical Association is truly one of the highlights of the year. To be recognized by my peers and patients makes all of the hard work and dedication to our patients worth every effort. Every January, the Orange Coast Magazine publishes its annual health and beauty issue and lists Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence. The Physicians of Excellence (POE) program was started by the Orange County Medical Association in 2004 (published January 2005) to take the place of the Best Doctors program that was previously used by the magazine. The purpose was to localize the selection process and to have defined selection criteria that were easy to measure. Orange Coast Magazine liked the idea, and a new community partnership was formed.