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July 16, 2009

SIU Med School Recognizes Area Physician as “Mentor of the Year”

Dr. Jeffrey W. Ripperda of Murphysboro has been recognized by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as the “2008-09 Mentor of the Year” for his work as a volunteer mentor to first-year medical students in Carbondale.

The class of freshmen, the Class of 2012, selected him for the honor this spring.  The medical student nominating Ripperda said in the nomination – “He provides exceptional care and love for his patients.  His wealth of life and cultural experience was evident in the room, connecting to patients across all backgrounds and ages.  He always took the time to teach, review and prompt new diagnosis to consider, new areas to further my learning.  He encouraged me and assisted me in practicing my clinical skills and history taking. . . . I viewed the time I spent each week as time with a friend and true mentor who reminded me of why I’m pursuing the path that I am.”

A family physician, Ripperda has been in practice since 2007 with Shawnee Health Service at Murphysboro Health Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  Ripperda completed his family practice residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Methodist Medical Center.  He and his wife, Katherine Ripperda, have four children.   

SIU School of Medicine provides the clinical mentor program for its first-year students in Carbondale.  Sixty-four area physicians served as mentors this last school year.  Ripperda was one of eight nominated for recognition.

The SIU School of Medicine is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois communities.  Since 1975, 2,268 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees.  Its Web site is