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Adventist Health Honors WWGH's Dr. Brad Titus as Physician of the Year

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.— Adventist Health held its fifth annual Physician Leadership Symposium in Sacramento, Calif., bringing together physician leaders from across the four-state system. The two-day event, which drew more than 200 attendees, featured several nationally recognized speakers.  

Also part of the symposium was the annual Physicians of the Year awards, presented at a dinner ceremony.  The award recognizes the compassionate work of those who distinguish themselves from the ordinary. The honorees, selected by their hospitals, were chosen as exemplary health care providers because they embody the organization’s mission and focus on whole person care. 

Bradley Titus, MD, FACC was the 2013 award recipient from Walla Walla General Hospital. An accomplished cardiologist, Dr. Titus is board-certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He is the founder and managing partner of Northwest Cardiovascular Institute, 17 -physician group based in Portland, Ore. He is also a fellow with the American College of Cardiology and principal investigator or co-investigator on nearly 40 scientific research studies. 

Through his dedication and leadership the cardiology program at WWGH was started in 2011 and now provides timely life-saving care previously not available to rural communities in Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon.

Although his technical expertise and vast knowledge are evident, those are not the reasons he is sought after by patients around the region. Instead, they come because of his reputation as a kind, caring physician and his ability to create great confidence in patients and providers. He is never too busy to take a call from a provider about a patient in need and goes out of his way to ensure patients understand exactly what is happening or what they need to do next. Physicians and employees who work with Dr. Titus speak highly of his attention to patients, his soft-spoken ways and his grace under pressure.

While Dr. Titus spends his days saving hearts in Washington and Oregon his own heart lies in more remote locations. His true passion is sharing God’s love through medical service to communities in third world countries. Over a ten year period he helped grow a mission program in South America. Today, one of the children he sponsored is a nurse giving back to her community. 

Currently Africa has a strong pull on his heart, and he regularly works with Africa New Life Ministries to bring groups of healthcare providers to Rwanda for short term medical mission trips. Working with Africa New Life he is ready to start construction of a medical poly clinic in Kigali that will provide dental, outpatient surgery, and cardiology care which will support free primary care for those in need. His ultimate plan is to establish a residence in Rwanda so that he can direct the operations of this clinic.