It is a privilege to be asked to comment on the work of Dr. Johanna Shapiro. As long-distance colleagues, then friends, Dr. Shapiro and I have become familiar with one another’s research, teaching, service, and writing both within and beyond Family Medicine over nearly a decade. I heartily endorse her proposed accelerated merit increase from Professor, Step I to Professor, Step III in your Department. I regard Dr. Shapiro — as do many throughout the country — as a Family Medicine institution who is also a person! Without an eyeblink, I place her in the category of G. Gayle Stephens, John Frey, Lucy Candib, the late Hiram Curry, Lynn and Joan Carmichael, Donald Bloch, Donald Ransom, Theodore Phillips, and Ian McWhinney.