The Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) is pleased to announce the winner of the annual L. Thomas Wolff, M.D. Scholarship.

Anastasia Shikula, the winner of this year’s award, is a graduate of Whitesboro High School who is currently attending Utica College with a current GPA of 4.0. She is expecting to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in May 2021. Anastasia plans to go to medical school and return to Central New York after graduation. Anastasia said, “I do not want to practice anywhere else but my home. We are a community and each of us has a job they can do to help our community.”

Supervisors, mentors, and professors lauded Anastasia’s ability to think critically and logically, her sense of responsibility, and a consistent track record of academic excellence. They also described her as extremely hard-working with a strong sense of integrity and community engagement.

CNYAHEC established the L. Thomas Wolff, M.D. Scholarship to honor Dr. Wolff’s dedication and tireless commitment to educating and supporting students, and practitioners in medicine and health professions in central New York. This scholarship is a competitive annual award for an individual that has successfully completed one or more CNYAHEC programs and have been accepted to and entering in medical health professions program in the next semester cycle.

Dr. Wolff received his undergraduate degree from Siena College, his medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed his residency at St Joseph’s Hospital. During his military service, in the Army Medical Corps, then Major Wolff was given duty as a Family Practice and Ambulatory Care Consultant to the Surgeon General. While caring for patients and raising his family, Dr. Wolff was instrumental in the implementation of seven Family Practice Residencies Programs in the U.S. Army system.  He was appointed Director of Medical Education at St Joseph’s Hospital Health Center while simultaneously joining the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Wolff has been an active presence at local, state and national levels serving on and chairing numerous professional organizations and boards. Dr. Wolff was a co-founder of the New York State Area Health Education Center System (AHEC) and Associate Director of such from 1998 until 2005.