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2006 Honorable Mention
Dr. Richard Fiese

Richard Fiese, D.M.D., works as an oral surgeon at Oswego Health's Seneca Hill Health Services Center in Volney. He has operated his own practice—Richard L. Fiese Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon P.C.—since 1987.

Sherry Palmitesso, a senior nurse at Oswego Hospital's Emergency Department, nominated Fiese.
"Dr. Fiese is one of the kindest people I know and is an excellent surgeon," Palmitesso wrote. "I have witnessed him repairing traumatic facial injuries with unbelievable results. I've also witnessed him being nothing but soft-spoken and gentle to all patients. He also is very active when it comes to educating peers and staff."

Fiese earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. He is presently chairman of the department of surgery at Oswego Hospital. He has been a clinical associate professor at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse since 2004.