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Peter N. Bretan, Jr., MD, FACS, receives AMA Benjamin Rush Award



Peter N. Bretan, Jr., MD, FACS, a urological and transplant surgeon, Novato, CA, received the Benjamin Rush Award for Citizenship and Community Service from the American Medical Association (AMA) in November 2014. The award recognizes physicians who have performed beyond expectations and made extraordinary public service contributions. Dr. Bretan received the award during the opening session of the 2014 AMA interim meeting in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Bretan (right) accepts the Benjamin Rush Award from Robert Wah, MD, AMA President

Dr. Bretan (right) accepts the Benjamin Rush Award from Robert Wah, MD, AMA President.

The award honors Dr. Bretan for his innovative work as a renal transplant surgeon and urologist, as well as his participation in global disaster relief efforts. He is the founder of Life Plant International, a charitable organization that promotes disaster preparedness, organ donation, and early disease screening worldwide. Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, in 2005, Dr. Bretan provided free medical care as part of “Team Orleans.”

Since 2002, he also has made nearly 20 medical mission trips to the Philippines to perform and teach local physicians about kidney transplant and laparoscopic kidney removal operations. More recently, he served as part of a medical mission to the Philippines to provide care to victims of Typhoon Halyan. View the AMA press release announcing the award to Dr. Bretan at

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