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Washington Co. Health System's Physician of the Year hopes to practice in new hospital

May 21, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

A physician in Washington County for 35 years and counting, Dr. Robert Brull is hoping to stay around long enough to practice in the new Washington County Hospital when it is built in the near future.

Brull recently was named 2008 Physician of the Year by the Washington County Health System. No stranger to awards, Brull has a framed clipping in his outer office about being the Washington County Hospital Emergency Room Physician of the Year in 1985.

Brull, 67, said it was a surprise and a shock when he won the overall award this year.

At the awards ceremony, Brull said he felt "the hospital has given me more than I have given back. The people who work here inspired me to become the doctor that I am."

In his private office recently, Brull said he has been lucky to have been here, referring to his 25-year private practice at 1459 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown, as well as his overall medical career in Washington County.

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The Potomac Avenue medical complex is reminiscent of a doctor's office of a less-complicated era, and that is no accident.

"Dr. Brull really wants to spend time with his patients," said Vangie Myers, the doctor's staff/office LPN since 1997.

Brull was born in Baltimore, one of three sons, all of whom are doctors. He earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland. He then entered the U.S. Army, getting out in 1962.

For a while, Brull worked for the government as a chemist. He then went to the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore. For three years, he was in residency at the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center.

His first practice as an internist was in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. Brull had hospital privileges at hospitals in Washington County and Waynesboro, Pa.

In those early days, Brull worked a lot in those hospitals' emergency rooms. He pulled a regular shift in the Waynesboro ER.

"My practice here in Hagerstown has gotten smaller," Brull said, noting that some of his patients have been with him for 25 years.

Although he continues to see patients, Brull said he isn't accepting new ones.

Brull said there have been many changes in the medical profession during his years.

"There are so many subspecialties now," he said.

Married with five children, Brull and his wife, Mary, are looking forward to doing some traveling, mostly to visit their children.

When asked if any of the children followed in their father's footsteps, Brull said his middle daughter is a podiatrist and another is a nurse.

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