American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

2005 Domestic Volunteer Award: George Frederick Ellis III

Dr. Ellis receives his award at the 2005 Clinical Congress.

George Frederick Ellis, MD, FACS, founding chairman of Primary Care Access Network (PCAN), received the 2005 ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award for his contributions in Orange County, Florida. For years, Dr. Ellis has volunteered his surgical expertise during volunteer medical expeditions to Honduras and Europe. During these medical missions, he realized the need to help the medically underserved closer to home. That motivation led him to become the founding chairman of PCAN, a consortium of local government agencies, community health centers, hospitals, and several non-profits and faith-based human service agencies in Orange County, Florida. Through PCAN, Dr Ellis has been able to establish a solid framework for providing access to medical care services for uninsured patients locally. He serves many important roles at PCAN: volunteer urologist, medical director, and medical recruiter.  In addition, Dr. Ellis is currently president-elect of the Orange County Medical Society (OCMS), and serves on the SpecialCare board, which donated over $1.3 million in medical services to uninsured patients last year.  SpecialCare is a partnership between OCMS and Orange County Government that allows physicians to provide volunteer health services to the uninsured with the benefit of sovereign immunity from medical liability.