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Brian Lauf, PA-C Receives Recognition as Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

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Distinguished Fellow Program Salutes Him for Going "Above and Beyond" In Service to Community and the Profession

RENO, Nev. – Friday, August 28, 2015 – Saint Mary's Medical Group physician assistant Brian Lauf, PA-C has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Lauf earned the recognition due to his outstanding contributions to patient care and the health care industry. He also demonstrated significant dedication and involvement to the Reno-Sparks community.

"We are proud of Brian's accomplishments and are honored to have him as part of the Saint Mary's team," said Lori Martin, Saint Mary's executive director of clinical operations. "As we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community, we hope to encourage a culture of personal development and achievement, and we are pleased Brian has embodied the values that contribute to quality care and patient experience."

Lauf received his Bachelor of Science Physician Assistant Studies degree from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland, Ore. and his Master of Physician Assistant Studies–Family Medicine degree from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Neb. Lauf is currently a physician assistant at Saint Mary's Urgent Care and has been a physician assistant in northern Nevada for 18 years. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, he served as president of the Nevada Academy of Physician Assistants. Additionally, Lauf is on the Medical Advisory Committee as well as the Urgent Care Oversight Committee at Saint Mary's Medical Group.

Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed healthcare professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and prescribe medications.

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Saint Mary's Medical Group

Saint Mary's Medical Group is a fully-integrated Medical Group which offers a robust line of services including primary care, urgent care and specialty care including the Center for Neurovascular and Stroke Care, the Center for Cardiovascular Care and the Women's Health Center. Designed to unite a team of board-certified physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners, the Medical Group is focused on preventive care and building medical homes. Saint Mary's Medical Group includes physicians who specialize in family practice, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's Medical Group is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit

American Academy of Physician Assistants

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the only national organization representing physician assistant in all medical and surgical specialties and is one of the largest medical societies in the U.S. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost effective health care and the professional and personal growth of PAs. For more information about the Academy and the PA profession, visit the AAPA's Web site,