WESTON — Ascension Wisconsin Chief Medical Officer Douglas Reding, MD, MPH, FACP, has been recognized as the American College of Physicians – Wisconsin Chapter, Distinguished Internist of the Year. The award was presented earlier in September.

The Distinguished Internist of the Year Award honors exceptional effort and contribution to the science and art of internal medicine in keeping with the ideals and mission of the American College of Physicians, according to an Ascension news release.

Reding was nominated by Don Lee, M.D., medical director of quality and safety, hospital based care, Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin.

“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Reding as a superb physician who is well-loved by patients and staff alike,” Lee said in the Ascension news release. “He is an outstanding administrator who blends innovative ideas with a common-sense approach and has worked tirelessly to increase access in the northern areas of Wisconsin while making great strides in the areas of hospital and clinic operations throughout the entire state.”

A practicing oncologist since 1986, Reding earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, and his medical degree from the University of Iowa School of Medicine. Following graduation, he completed an internship at the University of Kansas College of Health Sciences and Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, where he also completed a residency program in internal medicine and fellowships in hematology and oncology.

In his role as chief medical officer for Ascension Wisconsin, Reding serves as a member of the System Leadership Team for the state, providing leadership for creating and maintaining key service lines, driving utilization management, providing clinical vision for both strategic and tactical planning and engaging with physicians and clinical staff across the state to enhance education, coaching, and career development opportunities.