News Release

Dr. Eugene Cleek honored as 2010 Physician Legacy Award recipient


CHICO, Calif., Dec. 15, 2010 – Eugene Cleek, MD, has been selected by the Medical Executive Committee at Enloe Medical Center to receive the 2010 Enloe Physician Legacy Award. The award recognizes members of the Enloe Medical Staff for exceptional service, leadership and performance in medicine and the community. The Medical Executive Committee is composed of physicians who have been elected by their peers to lead the Medical Staff at Enloe Medical Center.

Dr. Cleek performs trauma surgery, general surgery and vascular surgery at Enloe Medical Center and has served as medical director of the Enloe Trauma Program since 2007. He has been a member of the Enloe Medical Staff since 1981, leaving for four years to do medical missionary work in Africa.

Dr. Cleek has participated in numerous medical missions abroad. In his longest mission, from 2003 through 2007 through the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, Dr. Cleek trained surgeons and met the local surgical needs. Five Africans graduated from the four-year surgical residency and all work across the African continent. Dr. Cleek also served as a military surgeon during the Gulf War.

Dr. Cleek was born and raised in Orland, Calif. He has been married 34 years to Laurel, and they have five children.

Comments from Dr. Cleek’s nominations include: “He is an excellent surgeon and a wonderful man. He is calm and professional in any crisis. He spent years working abroad training other doctors.” “His leadership has helped shape the growing hospital-based program and clinics. His bedside manner with patients exemplifies our (medical center’s) mission.” “He has fierce dedication to quality patient care. He initiated the Trauma Rounds, which contribute to the ongoing education of staff at Enloe; He has served his country in Desert Storm and served also as a medical missionary in Africa.”  “He has always held a high standard in the operating room and truly cares for his patients.”

Dr. Cleek received his medical degree at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and completed his residency and fellowship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta. He is certified through the American Board of Surgery.

Past recipients of the Physician Legacy Award are Joseph Matthews, MD; Terrance Fraters, MD; Joseph Chiapella, MD; Jimmy Roberts, MD; Walter Mazen, Sr., MD; James Wood, MD; and Donald Heithecker, MD. The selection process includes a review of nominations made by Medical Staff, employees, volunteers and community members. The Medical Executive Committee makes the final decision and presents the award. Criteria includes an Enloe physician whose leadership at the hospital and in the community both locally and at large has changed our world for the better; who has been a member of the medical staff for more than one year; and who has excellent clinical knowledge and skill.

Media Contact:

Christina Chavira
Communications Specialist, Enloe Medical Center
530.332.5589 office; 530.588.4411 cell


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530/332-7300 or visit us online at   Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

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