Dr. Courtney Townsend received the 2017 Roberto Logroño award for Professionalism in Medicine. Dr. Judith Aronson summarized his acceptance as:
"He epitomized the qualities of professionalism:
Altruism: he accepted the interim roles in the Institute for Medical Humanities and Physician's Assistant Studies, acts of practical realism of the importance of these functions in our university in their times of need, caring for their faculty and students over his own career needs. He champions the values of bioethics, humanities, and care for the individual patient.
Accountability: he never asks anyone to do anything he wouldn't do or hasn't done himself. He expects faculty and students to take care of patients the way they would want a family member treated and always cared for his patients the same way. His approach to accountability is simple an straightforward: say what you mean to do and do it.
Duty: As a candidate for UTMB President, he described his vision for the University and his commitment to the to the strength and flourishing of the institution and the work that supports the common life of a hospital that was palpable. His sense of duty is inspiring.
Honor and Integrity: He is honest and honorable with strong moral principles which are valued and respected by everyone with whom he interacts.
Respect: He respects each person's role and acknowledges their contributions. It doesn't matter to Dr. Thompson whether you are the cleaning lady the mail carrier, or the President of the United States. He treats you the same.
Excellence: He is an academic paragon, funded continuously by NIH grants fro 1982-2010, author of more than 420 highly respected peer-reviewed journal articles, Editor-in-Chief of the most widely read and respected surgical textbook, and President of the American College of Surgeons.
Read Dr. Townsend's acceptance, entitled The White Coat.
Dr. Walker's introductory remarks
Dr. Aronson's presentation
Learn more about the Roberto Logroño, MD Award and Lectureship.