AMMG Presents 2009 Alan P. Mintz Award to Robert D. Willix, Jr., M.D.
The 2009 Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award for Clinical Excellence in Age Management Medicine was presented on Friday, November 6 to Robert D. Willix, Jr., M.D. The presentation took place at the Age Management Medicine Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Age Management Medicine Group created this award of distinction to honor Dr. Alan P. Mintz as a friend, mentor and true medical professional, who did much to advance this new medical specialty. The Alan P. Mintz, M.D. Award is presented annually to a physician reflecting Dr. Mintz’s clinical excellence in patient care, healthy living, quality of life and entrepreneurship. As a mentor, innovator, and visionary, Dr. Mintz inspired many with his brilliant insights into Age Management Medicine, fueled by his desire to help others live a vital life. He forged new medical frontiers, embraced the spirit of determination and exemplified medical excellence.
Dr. Robert D. Willix, Jr., is a board certified cardiac surgeon, who pioneered the first open heart surgery program in South Dakota. He has been a practicing physician since 1969 and also serves as associate professor of surgery at South Dakota Medical School. As CEO/CMO of Cenegenics Medical Institute, Boca Raton, Dr. Willix specializes in Age Management and Preventive Medicine. After graduating from Boston College, Dr. Willix engaged in Medical Research at Seton Hall University. He did his M.D./Ph.D. program in Columbia, MO at the University of Missouri Medical School and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri Medical School. Dr. Willix completed his Surgery Internship, General Surgery and Cardiovascular Surgery study at the University of Michigan Medical School. In 1975 he became Board Certified in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Willix served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Dakota Medical School and was recruited to serve as director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Human Performance program in Florida for the North Broward Hospital District. He was Founder and Director of the Willix Health Institute, dedicated to preventive and sports medicine. He is a former team leader for the U.S. Olympic Committee and is one of 300 physicians in the U.S. who is trained in Pulse Diagnosis and Ayurvedic Medicine. While in private practice Dr. Willix was awarded the Kaul Foundation Award for Excellence for his international newsletter Health and Longevity as well outstanding achievement as a medical doctor in the field of Preventive Medicine. He is a member of the Board of the Age Management Medicine Group, and member of TEC—Chief Executives Working Together. Dr. Willix is dedicated to changing the paradigm of medicine from a disease-oriented to health oriented system. Dr. Willix became certified in Age Management Medicine, AMA/PRA Level 4 Classification, Parts 1 & 2, and became an affiliate in 1997; he opened the Boca Raton Center in 2007. Dr. Willix has completed 14 marathons, over 100 triathlons and the 1984 Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. An accomplished author of five books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Willix has traveled around the country as a sought after speaker and is a leader in the field of nutrition, sports and preventive medicine.