by Katelyn Videto
Caring for people as they approach the end of life requires a real blend of professional knowledge, skills, and expertise with a human touch, compassion, and empathy. The Hastings-Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards honor physicians who embody these traits. This year, the program recognizes five physicians who are various stages of their careers, citing them for exemplary work in medical practice, teaching, research, and community.
Judith R. Peres, LCSW-C, policy analyst for the Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness and an expert on end-of-life issues, says, “This award is truly unique in recognizing the importance of fostering excellence in end-of-life care at all career stages, thus ensuring that care for people near the end-of-life continues to meet the needs of patients and their families.”
Awards were made in three categories: a senior award and a mid-career award of $25,000 each, and three early-career awards of $15,000 each. Each recipient has been exemplary in one or more of four areas: medical practice, teaching, research, and community. This year’s recipients are:
Senior Physician Award: Charles G. Sasser, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM
Mid-Career Physician Award: Daniel C. Johnson, M.D., FAAHPM
The Hastings Center convened the selection committee, which included Richard Payne, M.D.; Esther Colliflower, Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life; Thomas P. Duffy, M.D., Yale University; Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Larry R. Churchill, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.
key words: Hastings Center, Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life, annual awards, physician excellence