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2009 Recipient

2009 Recipient

Lynn-Beth Satterly (nee Schwarz) knew she wanted to be a doctor since she was five years old and the place she chose to study was the College of Saint Elizabeth.

Said Lynn-Beth, "I had visited the College for various events and I thought it would be a good environment to study biology as a woman. I was also involved with ministry and knew a Catholic women's college would afford me an opportunity for leadership."

After graduating from CSE with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, Lynn-Beth put those skills to good use as a biology teacher at Mother Seton High School in Clark. In 1992, she received her Doctor of Medicine degree from UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, and became a family doctor. She also holds a Master of Education degree in instructional design, development and evaluation from Syracuse University.

Today, Lynn-Beth is a distinguished physician on the faculty of Upstate Medical University at Syracuse where she is also part of a team of family doctors serving the community. She was previously a clinician in Saint Joseph's Family Medicine and a founding partner and clinician in Lakeshore Family Medicine both in Cicero, New York.

Lynn-Beth is the author of numerous publications and participated in many research projects. She has researched and presented 27 papers at conferences and professional gatherings. In 2008, she was awarded the Onondaga County Medical Society Award for Excellence in Service to the Community, the Catholic Charities Brady Faith Award for Service, and the A. Gold Foundation Leonard Tow Award for Humanitarianism in Medicine. In 2007, the Conventual Franciscans in Syracuse presented her with the Saint Claire of Assisi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service.

In 2009, Lynn-Beth's students nominated her as the Upstate Medical University candidate for the American Medical Association Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine.

While building an impressive professional career, Lynn-Beth remains dedicated to her ministry. Since growing up in the light of Vatican II, she has remained true to its teaching of expressing faith through a commitment to social justice.

Said Lynn-Beth, "My faith really motivates me in everything I do. Even in my secular work, my heart is disposed toward ministry."

That commitment led Lynn-Beth to establish the Amaus Health Services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse. This free clinic, which serves those who are financially and medically marginalized, has another purpose as well. It serves as a training facility for future health care professionals. Currently, the clinic serves approximately 1000 patients and the number continues to grow.

Lynn-Beth is married to Dr. Clyde Satterly, also a family doctor, and is the mother of Daniel, 12 years old, and Ethan, 10. She resides with her family in Manlius, New York, where she remains active in parish and community activities.

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