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Washoe County Medical Society

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell Named "Extraordinary Neighbor Recipient" of 2020 Reno Public Television Spotlight Award

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, an individual who has made an impact on many throughout her medical journey continues to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to her profession and the community. She is the recipient of  the 2020 Extraordinary Neighbor Spotlight Award presented by Reno Public Television.

She also had been recognized in 2019 as one of the 20 Under 40 recipients and as one of the 2019 Sierra Nevada Top 20 Powerful Women.

She is the Saint Mary's Urgent Care Medical Director and treating physician, as well as the medical director for Washoe County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She also volunteers as the Washoe County Child Abuse Resource and Education Services Assistant Medical Examiner and as community faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine providing urgent care preceptorship for medical students and family medicine residents. Dr. Curry-Winchell also serves on the WCMS board and co-chairs the membership/PR committee. For NSMA she co-chairs the long-term and membership planning commission.

Her healthcare journey began as a physician’s assistant. Dr. Curry-Winchell has a master’s in physician assistant studies. She practiced as a physician assistant for three years in occupational, family and urgent care specialties. Her PA position gave her a foundation to practicing medicine.

Dr. Curry-Winchell explained that she was eager to learn more and wanted to be able to provide as much care as she could to her patients as a physician. So, she made the switch to becoming a physician to increase her knowledge of medicine. Once deciding to make that switch from physician assistant to physician, she had to go back to medical school for four years. After completing her four years of medical school, she then started her three years of residency focusing on family medicine. This is a grand total of eleven years of education to be in her position.

When asking Dr. Curry-Winchell about what the 20 under 40 award means to her she simply explained that she was very grateful and thankful to have received this award. “ The best part was the opportunity to highlight the charity, the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra,” Dr. Curry-Winchell said, adding that she volunteers with this organization

The selection committee is made up of two board members from Young Professionals Network (YPN), two former 20 under 40 awards recipients, two area executives, and lastly one community member who has been involved significantly with the 20 under 40 award program. In order for a candidate to stand out, individual professional success and community leadership is among the top criteria for nominations.

The 2019 Sierra Nevada Top 20 Powerful Women is sponsored by Northern Nevada Business. This prestigious award is given to a woman who facilitates change and continues to help different organizations throughout the community. Another accolade she has been awarded is resident teaching honor roll at the UNR School of Medicine, as well as multiple outstanding patient care awards. Dr. Curry-Winchell also works at the CARES program as an assistant medical examiner.

These accolades surely will not be the only ones received by Dr. Curry-Winchell throughout her medical career. She has made such an impact on the community and will continue to do so. Jennifer Williamson, business development and marketing communications manager at Saint Mary’s, who works closely with Dr. Curry-Winchell could not say enough about her.

She explained, “Dr. Curry-Winchell is always willing to help when called upon and does it with a smile on her face. All of the people and patients that Dr. Curry-Winchell interacts with have nothing but pleasant things to say about her.” Those are just a few highlights as to why she was awarded the 20 under 40 award.