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McGowan to Receive Mercy’s 2016 Spellman Award

Aug 26, 2016 10:05AM ● By MED Magazine
Longtime Siouxland Physician Dr. Gerald McGowan will be the recipient of the prestigious Dr. George G. Spellman Annual Service Award.  The award recognizes community members or groups whose generosity with their time, talent and treasure exemplifies the values of Mercy Medical Center. It will be presented to Dr. McGowan at the Mercy Foundation’s annual gala on Saturday, November 5 at the Marina Inn and Conference Center in South Sioux City.

A native of Fonda, Iowa, Dr. McGowan earned his MD at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, completed an internship at good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, and did his surgical residency at Maricopa County General Hospital in Phoenix. McGowan began his career in 1965 in private practice in Sioux City.  

From 1968-69 McGowan was a flight surgeon with the US Air Force in Phu Cat, South Vietnam. McGowan rose to the rank of Major, and treated soldiers as well as visited orphanages which were run by nuns during his time in Vietnam. 

McGowan then returned to Siouxland and helped with the founding of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, Inc., which is the Family Practice Residency Program for Siouxland.  He served as the program Director until 1991, and as the Medical Director of the Program from 1992-2000.  McGowan served as a clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Iowa as well as clinical faculty for the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine.

"Dr. McGowan's impact on the Siouxland medical community is unmatched in the depth and breadth of the medical professionals he has trained, educated, and mentored," says Mercy President and CEO FitzPatrick. "Hundreds of family practice physicians have been the beneficiary of his dedication, experience and expertise. Dr. McGowan worked along-side Dr. Spellman so it is very fitting that he is the recipient of this honor. "

The Spellman Award is now in its fourteenth year and was created by the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in recognition of Dr. George Spellman, one of Sioux City’s pioneering physicians who established a reputation as an advocate for the poor and underserved.  Dr. Spellman passed away in 2002 and he and his wife Carol were the recipients of the first award named in his honor.