Phil Zumwalt, M.D., ’76, Family Medicine
Dr. Zumwalt epitomizes the small-town family physician. Born and raised in Iroquois County, he considered becoming a farmer until his family physician persuaded him to choose medicine. He returned to his hometown and opened his practice at 125 S. Fourth St. in Watseka, in September 1984. Twenty-six years later, he has treated five generations of patients. For the past four years, he has been the only physician for obstetrics and C-Sections for the 30,000 residents of Iroquois County. In addition to a busy practice serving 8,000 patients, he is a medical leader in his community, helping to educate students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and SIU School of Medicine. The Illinois Rural Health Association and SIU School of Medicine recognized Dr. Zumwalt’s achievements in rural health with its Rural Physician of Excellence award in 2005.
In his community, Dr. Zumwalt has served on numerous hospital and mental health boards, served as medical director of the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department and Family Planning Clinic and president of the medical staff at Iroquois Memorial Hospital. He even was Grand Marshall of the community’s Fourth of July parade. He lives on his great-great-grandfather’s homestead with his wife, Anne. They have one son, Mark, and two daughters, Gwen Zumwalt and Jill Rodin.