University of Arizona Department of Medicine Associate Chair for Education Amy Sussman, MD, will be awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Annual Senior Awards Brunch, which will be held (by invitation only) May 10 at the Marriott University Park Grand Ballroom.
In the notice to Dr. Sussman, Kristie Bowen, PhD, the college’s director of student affairs, noted: “The Class of 2018 has selected you to receive the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.”
Every year the foundation honors one graduating senior and one faculty member for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine along with scientific excellence.
As a Tow faculty awardee, Dr. Sussman—a nephrologist who is also the UA Nephrology Fellowship Director, Department of Medicine Clerkship director and an associate professor—will automatically be enrolled as a member of the college’s Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter.
The UA is one of 130 members schools for the Gold Foundation. You can learn more about local activities at the UA Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society webpages. The now nationwide Solidarity Day for compassionate patient care tradition began at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson on the week of Valentine's Day in 2011, following the tragic Jan. 8 shooting that took the lives of six people and injured 19, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. All of the victims were treated at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, the college's primary clinical training partner.
About the Leonard Tow Award
The Gold Foundation launched this award in 1991 and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey began replicating them nationwide in 1998, with the Gold Foundation’s participation. In 2003, thanks to a generous donation from Leonard Tow, these awards became solely sponsored and administered by The Gold Foundation. Leonard Tow founded wireless telephone company Century Communications, which he sold in 1999 to Adelphia Communications and is now part of Cablevision. He and his wife founded the Claire and Leonard Tow Charitable Trust, which is now the Tow Foundation, in 1988. The private family foundation is now led by Emily Tow Jackson.
About the Gold Foundation
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading the way to protect the human connection in health care. Its mission, to keep health care human, is changing the culture of health care education and practice across the United States and beyond. Over the past 30 years, the Foundation has focused on making compassionate, collaborative, scientifically excellent care the Gold Standard of healthcare. More recently, through innovative programs like Tell Me More® and its Research Institute, the Gold Foundation is advancing humanism in all facets of health care by disseminating important discoveries and advocating for patient-centric care. Learn more at http://www.gold-foundation.org
* NOTE: The title of associate chair replaced that of vice chair earlier this year for all related positions within the UA Department of Medicine.
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