CVPH Family Medicine Residency Announces Chief Residents for New Academic Year

PLATTSBURGH, NY (2/13/2018) – The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Family Medicine Residency today announced its Chief Residents for the 2018-2019 academic year.

John King, MD, Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Academics and Regional Development at the University of Vermont, stated “We’re thrilled to announce that Drs. Aaron Esterson and Stephen Winfield have been appointed our first Chief Residents.  This is a milestone for our growing Family Medicine Residency. These two physicians, both entering their third and final year as residents, will serve as exceptional leaders for our other residents as well as strong advocates for the program.”

Aaron Esterson, MD
Dr. Esterson received his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine. His areas of interest include Family Medicine, Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine.  He views prevention and individualized care as the key to better health.  Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Dr. Esterson enjoys football, rugby, cooking, art and English literature. 

Stephen Winfield, MD

Dr. Winfield graduated from Saba University School of Medicine.  His areas of interest include Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Wilderness Medicine.  He enjoys a holistic approach to patient care and building relationships with each patient.  A native of Canada’s Prince Edward Island, he can often be found volunteering, writing, playing basketball or golf or simply outside enjoying nature.

The Chief Resident appointment in Family Medicine serves to provide a structure for the sharing of information and ideas between residents and faculty and to elevate the residency’s educational programs. This appointment is also intended to reward leadership, diligence and accomplished interpersonal skills.


Dr. King explained, “The Chief Resident role is an important responsibility that is added to their busy educational program.  It includes being a liaison between faculty and residents and assisting in curriculum development and planning.”

Faculty, administrative staff and the residents themselves all have the opportunity to nominate two Chief Residents in an annual selection process.  The two appointed to this role will assume responsibilities in their third year of residency for a one year term. 

The Plattsburgh-based Family Medicine Residency also marks another milestone this year as it welcomes six new residents in June.  Dr. Kent Hall, Chief Medical Officer and Designated Institutional Official for CVPH stated, “We recently received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to expand our residency to eighteen residents.  This means we’ll expand each new incoming class from four to six.”

Stephens Mundy, President  & CEO of CVPH added, “This is incredible news for North Country residents as studies show that 60% of all Family Medicine residents set up practice within 100 miles of the community where their residency is completed. The ability to welcome more residents to our program will increase access to primary care, the cornerstone to a healthy community.” 

The CVPH Family Medicine Residency was developed in 2014 in cooperation with the UVM Medical Center and University of Vermont/ Larner College of Medicine to help address the chronic shortage of primary care physicians in the North Country.




About Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
The University of Vermont Health Network - Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital is a private, not-for profit hospital and a subsidiary of UVM Health Network - Adirondack Region.  Established in 1967 with the merger of Champlain Valley and Physicians hospitals, CVPH joined Fletcher Allen Partners in 2012, which in 2014, became The University of Vermont Health Network.  Together with its partners, Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Porter Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center, CVPH provides high quality, cost effective care, close to home. Services include an award winning cardiac services program, accredited cancer center, freestanding ambulatory surgery center, comprehensive rehabilitation services and a 24 hour physician-staffed Emergency Care Center.  Governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, CVPH is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by New York State and Medicare/Medicaid approved.  Learn more at UVMHealth.org/CVPH or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About The University of Vermont Health Network

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