Envision physician Chris Courtney, M.D., was named “Rookie Speaker of the Year” at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) annual meeting in 2018. The award recognizes an outstanding physician lecturing for the first time at ACEP.

Hundreds of teaching faculty lecture at ACEP each year, and every lecture is evaluated by attendees. Dr. Courtney received the highest possible score of 100 percent on his lectures at ACEP in 2017, and he was recognized at an awards banquet in San Diego at the 2018 ACEP meeting.

“Working in a community practice setting, my intent is to provide information that will change or enhance the average community physician's day-to-day practice,” Dr. Courtney said.

In 2017, Dr. Courtney lectured about pediatric orthopedics, adult orthopedics and Global Health Initiatives, and at ACEP 2018, he again spoke about pediatric orthopedics and Global Health Initiatives. He was recently elected President of Scottsdale Emergency Associates and selected as Envision Regional Medical Director for the Honor Health Scottsdale Hospitals in Arizona.

Dr. Courtney said he believes his lectures are successful because of his focus on direct patient-physician- encounters, an element that can be lost in academic discussion.

“Ultimately, my goal is to deliver concise and practical information that can easily be incorporated into other practices, no matter the clinical setting. I’m incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award, understanding that it’s based on evaluations from physicians who took the time to attend my lectures.”