The 60 for 60 Spotlight

To celebrate 60 years of service to our medical community, each week we will spotlight one of our member physicians over the coming year.

If you have somebody you think deserves a little light shining on them, please let us know


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  • 11/22/2019 8:21 AM | Anonymous

    Originally born in Canada, Edward H. Newcombe, MD started his fifty-year medical career studying at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and completing his residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He completed a fellowship at the University of California VA Hospital, later going on to become an associate clinical professor of medicine there. He also served as coordinator of rehabilitation at Laguna Honda Hospital and an ER physician elsewhere.

    He moved to Boise in 1981 and started his practice on Cole Road where he remained for the past 34 years. For as long as his colleagues can remember, Dr. Newcombe has been involved in serving patients in nursing homes, sometimes the only physician who would do so. During that time, he has served as medical director at various long-term care facilities including Life Care, Capital Care/Apex, and Marquis Nursing Home and always kept patient care at the center of decision making.

    Along with Sue, his wife of 35 years who also nursed alongside him, Dr. Newcombe has been active in overseas medical missions outreaches. They have traveled to Kenya, Guatemala, and Peru multiple times, providing care to people deep in jungles or remote villages. “Some of these people are getting treated with health care concepts that are 200 years old, even though modern medicine is within reach,” reflects Newcombe.

    He was active during his career at Camp Hodia, which serves children with diabetes. Dr. Newcombe retired from practice in August 2015, after being honored at the Idaho Medical Association’s conference for joining the 50-year Club, recognizing his five decades in active medical care.

    Dr. Newcombe was recognized as the ACMS 2015 Physician of the Year.

  • 11/14/2019 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Joseph Callanan is one of our community's medical treasures. After finishing his medical degree in 1965 at the University of New York Buffalo, he was sent to the frontlines of the Vietnam War to serve as a battalion surgeon, receiving a Bronze Star and Combat Medic Badge.

    Dr. Callanan has been involved in multiple roles of leadership to the medical community. He was honored as the John A. Edwards MD Memorial Award "Doctor of the Year" by ACMS in 1992 for his outstanding contributions and years of support for our Winter Clinics. He was the Ada County Medical Society's president from 1980-1981, the Idaho Medical Association president from 1994-1995 and was an active mentor in the lives of younger physicians. 

    He returned to finish his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University and an Allergy & Immunology fellowship at the University of Michigan finishing in 1971. He started his independent allergy and internal medicine practice in 1971, naming it The Boise Valley Allergy and Asthma Clinic in 1990 and later formed The Allergy Group.

    He was also active in high school physicals and the volunteer physician’s specialty network over the years. In his retirement, you can still often find him at Grand Rounds and on the golf course. Dr. Callanan has four children and nine grandchildren.

    Dr. Callanan was awarded the ACMS Physician of the Year Award in 2016.

  • 11/08/2019 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    Dr. Joseph H. Williams is the consummate physician leader, community servant, and example of humility mixed with strength. He leads with US Naval Medicine discipline, a Western-independent mindedness, and Southern congeniality. At Idaho Urologic Institute he has helped build an incredible medical practice that truly sets the bar in our community. He listens closely before speaking and hands out strong encouragement to those he leads. His community involvement spans from organizing the medical badge training for Boy Scouts of America to the Volunteer Physicians Network. 

    Dr. Williams is a board-certified urologist and founding member of the Idaho Urologic Institute and the Medical Director of the Surgery Center of Idaho. A native Idahoan, he graduated from the University of Arkansas and completed his internship in surgery and his urology residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  He also served in the military for 10 years and is  a decorated Naval veteran in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. 

    During his tenure as ACMS president in 2015, he refocused the organization on prioritizing early career physicians and addressing physician burnout, resulting in our Physician Vitality Initiatives and counseling program. He remains instrumental in pushing forward various initiatives around physician well-being and is a strong advocate for policies that treat doctors and medical staff with professional courtesy. 

    His medical community leadership roles are numerous and include:

    • Ada County Medical Society Board Member and Past-President
    • Past Member of the Idaho Board of Medicine
    • Idaho Medical Association District IV Trustee and President Elect (2019-2020)
    • Idaho Physicians Network Director
    • Charter Board Member of the Independent Doctors of Idaho
    • Rotary International Club Member
    • Capital Coalition for Physician Well-Being

    Dr. Williams was selected as the 2017 ACMS Physician of the Year.


  • 11/01/2019 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Kyle Palmer has been a huge asset in our local medical community, he served on the ACMS board of directors from 2009 to 2015, serving as its president in 2014.  During his tenure, Dr. Palmer helped establish and promote a local medical society focused on family-friendly events, fundraising socials, and collegial relationships. He was also involved in the High School Physicals annual screening program over the course of his career. He provided critical service to the board of directors of the Idaho Medical Association as its treasurer from 2012 to 2018.

    His professional medical career has been one of selfless service to his community and colleagues. He served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1988 to 1998, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. He has held many positions in local school athletics and club soccer establishments as a sports medicine specialist. He was a member of the board of directors of the Meridian Education Foundation and its president from 2005 to 2007.

    For many years, he owned and operated his own orthopedic practice providing excellent care to patients before moving into semi-retirement in 2018.

    Kyle and his wife Jill can often be found playing a huge role in hospitality and friendliness in whatever venue you find them in.

    Dr.  Palmer was award the 2018 ACMS Physician of the Year Award.


  • 10/25/2019 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    After serving in a fourth-year Chief Resident role at the University of Washington, Dr. Kimberly Stutzman spent her next twelve years practicing medicine in White Salmon, Washington, a Columbia River Gorge town of just 2200 people.

    Dr. Stutzman moved to Boise in 2007 to pursue teaching at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho and since then has demonstrated her passionate devotion to helping raise up the next generation of rural family medicine doctors. She played an instrumental and visionary role in developing and opening the FMRI – Nampa program, welcoming its first class of six new medical residents this summer.

    In the past, Dr. Stutzman has been honored with the University of Michigan’s Terence C. Davies Award in Family Medicine (1991); the Society of Teachers in Spokane Family Medicine Resident Teacher Award (1994); and the Rookie Faculty of the Year Award from FMRI (2008).

    Dr. Stutzman also frequently serves at the Marie Blanchard Friendship Clinic, a Boise medical clinic providing no-cost care for uninsured patients utilizing volunteer healthcare professionals. She often precepts WWAMI medical students at the clinic which allows them to have direct patient contact with underserved populations.

    She and Frank will celebrate their 25th anniversary this winter, an adventure that started in courtship on a 200+ mile, 3-week backpack trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. They are in the process of launching their two children, Jake and Cate, into their college years and continue to fit backpacking, hiking, and tandem bicycling trips in whenever they can.

    Dr. Stutzman was selected as our 2019 ACMS Physician of the Year.

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