Middletown Resident Ansel R. Marks, M.D., J.D., Receives the 2007 John H. Clark M.D. Leadership Award

Troy, NY, April 23, 2007 – Ansel R. Marks, M.D., J.D., Executive Secretary of the New York Board for Professional Medical Conduct, has been awarded the John H. Clark M.D. Leadership Award from the Federation of State Medical Boards.

The Federation, a national not-for-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories, including 14 state boards of osteopathic medicine, works to improve the quality, safety and integrity of health care by developing and promoting high standards for physician licensure and practice. The John H. Clark M.D. Leadership Award, established in 1986 in memory of the Federation's 61st president, annually recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, a commitment to advancing the public good, and a dedication to the field of medical licensure and discipline at the state and national level.

As a Board-certified urologist, while still in practice in Middletown, Dr. Marks began his nearly 25-year career in the field of medical discipline in 1980 as a member of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct. In 1988 Dr. Marks accepted a position as a Medical Coordinator in the Department of Health's Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). His commitment to excellence in case management earned him an appointment as Program Director of OPMC's New York City Area Office in 1992. In 1996, Dr. Marks was appointed as Executive Secretary of the Board for Professional Medical Conduct (Board), bringing to this position his energy and intense commitment. Dr. Marks has written two articles published in the Federation's Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the "Two-call Case Resolution Strategy" in 2004 and "The Administrative Warning Process" in 2007.

In addition to Dr. Marks' achievements in the area of medical discipline, he has shown a commitment to the field of medicine and public health through his volunteer medical missionary work. He and his wife, Frances, donated their time and professional medical expertise in Kabul, Afghanistan; Surakarta, Indonesia; and San Bernardo, Colombia. A man of integrity and purpose who possesses many skills and interests, Dr. Marks found the time to complete his law degree at Pace University in 1990.

Dr. Marks was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957 at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He practiced urology in Middletown from 1960 to 1988 and was Chief of Staff at the Horton Medical Center from 1970-1975.

Dr. Marks is currently on the Middletown Police Commission, where he has served for 13 of the past 14 years.