HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- During its annual alumni gathering last weekend, the Marshall University School of Medicine gave Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Stollings was celebrating his 30th class reunion from the medical school.
"I was eternally honored to receive the medical school's second Distinguished Alumnus Award," Stollings said. "It was great to see my fellow classmates.
"During my response last Friday evening, I shared the award with all the significant mentors on my life. Many were in the room," Stollings said.
Dr. Elizabeth Spangler, now at the Charleston Area Medical Center, received the first Distinguished Alumnus Award from Marshall's medical school.
Stollings is board certified and specializes in internal medicine today. Previously, he was also certified in geriatric medicine for 10 years.
Stollings is a partner of the Madison Medical Group in downtown Madison, along with Dr. Robert Adkins and Dr. Mark Snyder.
"I thanked my fellow physicians for covering for me and allowing me to do all the public service I have done over the years."
First elected to the West Virginia Senate in 2006, Stollings is now chairman of the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee.
He is a former member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, past president of the West Virginia Medical Association and past president of the Madison Rotary Club.
Stollings graduated from Scott High School in Boone County. He then earned a bachelor's degree, majoring in biology, and a master's degree in biochemistry from West Virginia University. He graduated from the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in 1982.
Stollings performed his medical residencies at hospitals in Wake Forest and Winston-Salem, N.C.
"Since 1985, I have been back at home seeing those wonderful Boone County people, along with some people from Lincoln, Logan and Kanawha counties," Stollings said.
"I had great mentors who allowed me to be able receive this award. If I hadn't been exposed to all the great people I have known I am sure I would not be the Distinguished Alumnus today."