FOR RELEASE: Nov. 30, 2006

GALVESTON, Texas – UTMB President John D. Stobo is one of five physicians in the United States and Canada to be recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for sustained leadership in medical humanism and professionalism. The five inaugural recipients were honored at the 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges in Seattle, which ended Nov. 1.

“Dr. Stobo is recognized as a model of leadership, integrity, respect, compassion and professionalism,” said Linda Blank, chair of the GHHS advisory council. He was selected for his “significant contributions to medical professionalism at the institutional and national level,” she said.

Other honorees were Dr. Jerry Avorn, professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Drs. Richard and Sylvia Cruess of Montreal, Quebec; and Dr. Herbert Swick, executive director of the Institute of Medicine and Humanities at Saint Patrick’s Hospital and Health Sciences Center and the University of Montana. The honorees were selected by the advisory council for the GHHS from a list of nominees. As national honorees, the five are now members of the GHHS.

“I deeply appreciate the Gold society’s commitment to humanism and professionalism in medicine and I am extremely honored to be recognized by this esteemed group,” Stobo said. “I believe professionalism, compassion, high ethical standards and commitment to improving the health of society are the foundation of excellent medical education, training and clinical practice,” he said.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation created the Gold Humanism Honor Society to recognize fourth-year medical students who demonstrate exemplary attitudes and behaviors that define the most humanistic physicians. The society was an outgrowth of the foundation’s objective to foster humanism and professionalism in medicine, specifically in the education and training of young physicians. Today 60 GHHS chapter have been established in medical schools, including at UTMB.

Stobo, who came to UTMB as president in 1997, has been a steadfast supporter of professionalism and humanism as important goals for medical students and faculty. In 2002, Stobo and his wife, Mary Ann, established an endowment to provide an award each year to one student in any of UTMB’s schools who has demonstrated a commitment to humanistic medicine and compassionate patient care.

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