Doctor-Citizen of the Year - Past Recipients

2014 Doctor-Citizen of the Year

Bud Pierce, MD

William “Bud” Pierce, MD, PhD, a Salem oncologist and hematologist, was named the Oregon Medical Association’s 2014 Doctor-Citizen of the Year at the Association’s 140th annual meeting on April 25. This annual award honors a physician who has made outstanding contributions to his community, the practice of medicine, and to health care policy in our state.

Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Dr. Pierce grew up in Southern California, earning concurrent MD and PhD degrees and completing his postgraduate medical training at UCLA. He served in the US Marine Corps as an Enlisted Reservist during his training and was later a physician in the US Naval Reserve.

Dr. Pierce is part of a private hematology/oncology practice in Salem and a volunteer clinical professor at OHSU. He has served his profession in several roles; Dr. Pierce is a past president of the Marion-Polk County Medical Society and has served on the society’s board since 1998. He is a lifetime member of the AMA and has been an active member of the OMA since 1994, serving on many committees. He joined the OMA Executive Committee in 2008, serving first as member-at-large, then as Vice President, President-Elect and ultimately President in 2012. He is also the 2013–2014 Oregon Medical Education Foundation President.

Along with his wife Selma, Dr. Pierce is well known for medical philanthropy in Salem and in the medical community at large. He is a founding member and former president of the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties and participates as a medical provider through the foundation’s Project Access program. He also serves on the boards of the Salem Cancer Institute and the Salem Hospital Foundation, which he chaired form 2001 to 2006. He received the Physician Service Excellence Award from Salem Hospital in 2005, was Salem First Citizen in 2011 and was recognized by the Oregon State Legislature in 2012 for his work in the community. In 2013 Dr. Pierce was instrumental in passing Early Discussion and Resolution legislation to help physicians and patients resolve adverse events and to improve patient safety in our state.

Marion-Polk County Medical Society Executive Director Shaney Starr, noted that “Dr. Pierce works tirelessly to support his community, with both time and resources. If there is a need, he is there to help fill the gap. Not only is Salem blessed to have him as part of the medical community, so is Oregon.” She added that much of the good work Dr. Pierce does, he does anonymously.


Past Doctor-Citizen Award recipients:

1957, Archie D. McMurdo, Heppner
1958, De Norval Unthank, Portland
1959, William Willis Holt, Medford
1960, Stanley A. Boyd, Eugene
1961, Samuel L. Diack, Portland
1962, Virgil N. Samms, Eugene
1963, Craig B. Leman, Corvallis
1964, Howard L. Cherry, Portland
1965, Merle Pennington, Sherwood
1966, Morris K. Crothers, Salem
1967, E.G. Chuinard, Portland
1968, Joseph P. Brennan, Pendleton
1969, Alfred J. Kreft, Portland
1970, John G.P. Cleland, Oregon City
1971, Beatrice Rose, Portland
1972, Vern Miller, Salem
1973, Forrest Rieke, Portland
1974, J.Richard Raines, Portland
1975, Louis Feves, Pendleton
1976, Raymond McKeown, North Bend
1977, Cameron C. Bangs, Oregon City
1978, Ralph S. Crawshaw, Portland
1979, David D. Kliewer, Corvallis
1980, Donald M. Jeppesen, Roseburg
1981, Donald E. Poage, Coos Bay
1982, C.H. Hagmeier, Portland
1983, William Zieverink, Portland
1984, Roy W. Skoglund, Roseburg
1985, John R. Tongue, Tualatin
1986, Brandt Bartels, Medford
1987, John R. Hazel, Oregon City
1988, George E. Kabacy, Canby
1989, Warren G. Bishop, Medford
1990, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
1991, Stuart G. Garrett, Bend
1992, Richard Allen, Portland
1993, Terence J. Parr, Lakeview
1995, James Garland, Hillsboro
1996, Richard G. Kincade, Eugene
1997, Martin L. Jones, Eugene
1998, John W. Forsyth, Medford
1999, Byron T. Sagunsky, Klamath Falls
2000, John D. Alsever, Salem
2001, Joanne Jene, Portland
2002, Stanley O. Shepardson, Bend
2003, T. Allen Merritt, Bend
2004, Ronald E. Carver, Bend   
2005, Crittenden Huston, McMinnville       
2006, James K. Lace, Salem
2007, U. Scott Page, Portland
2008, James Frances Calver, Jr, Klamath Falls
2009, David R. Grube, Philomath
2010, William Kohn, Grants Pass
2011, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
2012, James "Jim" Shames, Medford
2013, John McAnulty, Portland