HAMBURG — James Wild, MD, FAAFP, a member of the TLC Health Network Board of Trustees, has been named a recipient of the HealthCare 50 for 2014 award by Buffalo Business First. Wild is a board-certified family medicine physician and president of Tri-County Family Medicine Associates, PC, in Gowanda, NY.
He also currently serves as medical director for TLC Health Network, comprised by Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, Gowanda Urgent Care & Medical Center and Forestville Primary Care.
Wild is board-certified in family practice by the American Board of Family Medicine and received his fellowship designation from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“All of us at TLC/Lake Shore Health Center from board members to the medical staff, administration, employees and patients alike, are very pleased that Dr. Wild was honored as a recipient of the Buffalo Business First Healthcare 50 award,” said John Galati, TLC Health Network Interim CEO.
“He is to be commended for his dedication and loyalty to the TLC Health Care Network and the communities we serve. Dr. Wild is committed to improving the lives of others, and he does so with dignity, respect and compassion. He has touched the lives of many individuals and we are fortunate to have him on our board, the medical staff and as the hospital’s medical director.”
Dr. Wild obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Deaconess and Buffalo General Hospitals. After graduation, he began his medical practice in the nearby Conewango Medical Clinic for three years to satisfy the terms of the National Health Service Corps, a government program designed to connect primary health care providers to areas of the United States with limited access to care.
Upon completion of those requirements, the Allegany, NY-native chose to remain in the area throughout his life and establish a successful career. He said he chose his profession at an early age.
“I worked as an orderly starting at 17, seeing how illness affects lives, which confirmed my commitment to become a family doctor,” he explained.
The award recipient has served as a clinical research investigator for Upstate Clinical Research Associates, since 2008. In addition, Wild has held various academic appointments with UB over the years, including an appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine. He also served as a teaching fellow in the SUNY Buffalo Family Practice Residency Program. He is a two-time winner of the Community Preceptor of the Year Award by the University of Buffalo Family Medicine.
Wild is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and former member of the American Academy of Physician Executives and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
The TLC Health Network, which includes an Irving-based long-term care facility, provides quality health care services to families across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, southern Erie County and other surrounding communities.