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Roberts-Atwater Receives Women of Excellence Recognition

Beverly Roberts-Atwater, private-practice physician and CEO of Quality Health Care of Northeast Ohio, Inc., and an attending physician at Indiana Regional Medical Center, has been selected for the 2010 New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence” recognition.

Roberts-Atwater is the wife of IUP President Tony Atwater.

During her tenure at IRMC, Roberts-Atwater has initiated several new programs, including the Spine and Pain Center, which she directs, and a wheelchair clinic and rehab pre-driving evaluation for the elderly. She also manages severe spasticity using Baclofen pumps for multiple sclerosis patients.

“I am honored to be a part of such a rich history and legacy for women of excellence recognized by the Pittsburgh Courier. I am proud to be among the extraordinary women who have received this honor,” Roberts-Atwater said.

Award recipients must be nominated and are chosen by a panel of judges from the New Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s oldest African-American newspapers.

The Women of Excellence program honors African-American women who have contributed in important ways to the community. Recipients will be formally recognized at an event July 14 at the Westin Convention Center. 

Roberts-Atwater was born in Jacksonville, Fla., where her parents still reside.  She earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. She also earned an M.A. degree in educational psychology from New York University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in counseling and clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1984.

After practicing as a licensed psychologist and serving as a faculty member at Michigan State University for five years, she earned a medical degree at Michigan State University in 1992.

Roberts-Atwater taught social psychology while on the faculty at Michigan State University in London and Tokyo. While in medical school, she was the recipient of the prestigious William T. Grant Fellowship in Public Health at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. From 1998 to 1999, Roberts-Atwater completed the Research for Psychiatry Program through the Missouri Arthritis Foundation.

Following her medical training and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, she served as a faculty member at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

As a physiatrist—a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation—Roberts-Atwater served as the CEO and senior partner in private practice in Ann Arbor, where she was instrumental in the generation of more than $2 million in business revenue with seventeen physicians in the first two years of her practice.

After moving to Youngstown, Ohio, with her husband, then the provost at Youngstown State University, she started a new private practice. At the same time, she completed a health policy fellowship, sponsored by Ohio University and the New York Institute of Technology, during which she traveled to Washington, D.C., and met with legislators to address major national health policy issues. She was elected in May 2007 to serve as a Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association delegate.

She has served for the last six years as president of the National Osteopathic Medical Association. She was recently asked to participate on a national level with the COMLEX clinical skills testing of medical students in Conshohocken. She also has been an invited lecturer for the Pennsylvania American Osteopathic Association and currently serves on the Education Committee for District 8, Pittsburgh Area.

Aside from her medical work, Roberts-Atwater served on the board of directors of Special Olympics Pennsylvania and is currently serving as Governor Rendell’s appointee to the Women’s Commission for Pennsylvania. She is active on the state and local levels of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. She was recently appointed by the POMA board of trustees as a member of the Committee on Physiatry/Rehabilitative Medicine, the Legislative Committee, and the Committee on POMA Publications.

Roberts-Atwater is a member of the Pittsburgh chapters of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and LINKS, Inc.

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