Cottonwood Heights Resident Brian Shiozawa Receives National Award

Posted on 03/05/2018

Dr. Brian Shiozawa, M.D., who has represented the Cottonwood Heights area as its state senator, has received the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service for a member of a state legislature.

Shiozawa was nominated for the award by former Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, and current Mayor Mike Peterson attended the banquet where Shiozawa was honored on Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.

In nominating Shiozawa, Cullimore described how the long-time resident of Cottonwood Heights City “has represented the values of our community on all levels through his work in the public and private sector.

shiozawaShiozawa, a Republican elected in 2012 to the Utah State Legislature, represented Senate District 8, including Cottonwood Heights City. In December 2017, he was appointed as regional director of intergovernmental and external affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Denver.

Due to the appointment, Shiozawa resigned from his Senate seat. He also retired as an emergency room doctor at St. Mark’s Hospital, where he worked for more than 20 years. Brian Zehnder, also a medical doctor, was selected by Republican delegates to replace Shiozawa in the state Legislature.

“At a time when health care reform is surrounded by controversy, Dr. Shiozawa takes a pragmatic, congenial approach,” Cullimore wrote in his nomination. A supporting letter from Dr. Suzanne Harrison, M.D., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Riverton Hospital and a Democratic candidate for Utah House District 32, supplemented the nominating submission. “We need more Senator Shiozawas in this world,” Harrison wrote.

Shiozawa was one of six honorees this year. The award, named for the founding father of the American Medical Association, has been bestowed for the past 29 years and recognizes officials who have supported medicine or public health. The only other Utahns to receive the award were Sen. Orrin Hatch in 1990 and Gov. Mike Leavitt in 1994.