In his nominations, Dr. Barnum was commended for his knowledge, excellent patient care and leadership.

Grant Barnum, D.O., FACOI, has been named Lake Regional Health System’s 2019 Physician of the Year. Dr. Barnum, an internal medicine doctor at Lake Regional Clinic – Lake Ozark, received the award at Lake Regional’s annual Doctors’ Day banquet, held March 28.

The Physician of the Year award honors physicians who demonstrate professionalism, integrity, a collaborative spirit and a positive attitude. Every year, several Lake Regional physicians receive nominations for this honor.

“Dr. Barnum has earned the respect of people throughout our community for his excellent care and for dedicating his life to serving others,” said Lake Regional CEO Dane W. Henry, FACHE. “We are pleased to celebrate him as our Physician of the Year.”

Nominations come from Lake Regional employees, auxiliary members, board members and physicians. Recipients also must receive positive feedback from patient satisfaction questionnaires and from others within the health system or community. A committee of Lake Regional staff, medical staff, administration and board members chooses the honoree.

In his nominations, Dr. Barnum was commended for his knowledge, excellent patient care and leadership. In addition to caring for patients at Lake Regional Clinic – Lake Ozark, Dr. Barnum serves as the medical director of Lake Regional Home Health and Lake Regional Hospice. He’s also a member of the Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors and serves as chair of the board’s Quality Committee.

“His patients all speak very highly of him, as do his office staff and anyone who has the chance to work with him,” one nominator wrote. “The knowledge he shares with hospice staff in working to care for our specialized subset of patients is amazing.”

Another wrote: “Dr. Barnum is the most caring physician I have ever met. He is extremely knowledgeable, full of integrity and has an amazing attitude.”

Dr. Barnum began practicing at the lake in 1996 and joined Lake Regional in 2006. He has served on the board of directors for Lake Regional Health System since April 2012.

In addition to the Physician of the Year, the following Lake Regional physicians were honored at the Doctors’ Day Banquet for years of service: 35 Years — Michael Ledbetter, D.O.; 30 Years — Becky Watson, M.D., FACOG; 25 Years — Alan Mead, M.D.; 15 Years — Miriam Borden, M.D.; 10 Years — Randall Barnes, D.O., and Kristen Theobald-Hazel, D.O.; and 5 Years — Mona Afrassiab, D.O., FACOG; Mitchell Bartley, D.O.; Sudhir Batchu, M.D.; Humam Farah, M.D.; Charlie Rasmussen, D.O.; Shahbaz Riaz, M.D.; James Spieler, M.D.; and Douglas Wilson, D.O.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies. To learn more, visit