Rockville, Md. – A former member of the medical staff of Charles E. Smith Life Communities has been named clinician of the year by the Mid-Atlantic Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Richard M. Jacobs received the award at the association’s annual conference, held recently in Hanover, Md. A podiatrist, Jacobs retired from the Rockville senior living community’s medical team earlier this year, following a 13-career there.

“This is a prestigious award because several medical directors and physicians are nominated each year for outstanding service to residents in the long-term care continuum,” said Dr. Elisa Gil-Pires, senior vice president and chief medical officer for the senior living community.

Jacobs is the first podiatrist to receive the honor. He joined the senior living community following transition from private practice in the College Park area. “He felt a true calling to take care of the underserved elderly population living in long-term care and assisted living,” Gil-Pires said. “He embraced his new role with all his heart and soul. He took responsibility not only to deliver all the podiatric care on our very large campus but also to oversee lower extremity wound care.”

The Mid-Atlantic Medical Directors Association is the regional affiliate chapter of AMDA, The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The association serves medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners and other clinicians practicing in the long-term continuum in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.