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Dr. Dowell, Dr. Dunn chosen by peers for Natrona County Medical Society’s 2022 ‘Physician Service Award’

Photos of Dr. Mark Dowell, left, and Dr. Andy Dunn. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Dr. Andy Dunn and Dr. Mark Dowell will be presented with the Natrona County Medical Society’s 2022 “Physician Service Award” during the society’s annual gala that will be held Saturday, April 23 at the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

Dunn, who is chief of primary care at the Banner Wyoming Medical Center, and Dowell, who is an infectious disease specialist at Banner WMC as well as a Natrona County health officer, were nominated and voted on by physician members of the Natrona County Medical Society.

“They were chosen by their peers, in part due to their exhaustive work during the height of the COVID pandemic as it swept through our community,” the Natrona County Medical Society said in a press release Thursday. “Despite public heckling, hazing and even death threats, these physicians were committed to the health and safety of our community.”

In addition to his role as chief of primary care at Banner WMC, Dunn is also medical director of Mesa and Sage Primary Care in Casper.

“He came to Casper in 2008 to be a part of the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program and following residency decided to make Casper his family’s home, where he has served on the Natrona County Board of Health and as the Chief of Staff for Wyoming Medical Center,” the press release states. “During the COVID pandemic he helped develop and run triage and testing clinics for COVID testing.” 

“He also helped mobilize other medical providers in the community in a concerted effort against the COVID-19 surges in Casper. We are also grateful for his accomplishments in presenting himself as a public image to communicate the COVID effects on our community.”

Dowell was the first infectious disease specialist in Wyoming and has “served Casper and throughout Wyoming for 30 years.”

“When he arrived in Casper he was the first infectious disease specialist in the state and he worked to develop outreach clinics throughout Wyoming to provide this specialized need across our state,” the Natrona County Medical Society said. “Through his tenure serving in Wyoming he has been rarely seen without a medical student or resident that he is teaching, and during his career [he] has published research in multiple medical journals.”

“He has served as our Natrona County Health Officer since 1999; in this role he was looked to by our physicians and health officials as the authority on the prevention and treatment of COVID in Natrona County.”

The Natrona County Medical Society expressed admiration for Dowell and Dunn’s service in the community.

“We admire and thank these two physicians for the work they have put in for the health and safety of our community, especially during the past two challenging and difficult years,” the press release states.