Five doctors will share $95,000 in awards from the Hastings Center and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation in recognition of their work to advance palliative medicine. The Garrison, N.Y.-based center Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute, and the Essex, Conn.-based Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, presented the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award to the doctors for demonstrating a "serious commitment to the field" through clinical work or research.
Docs recognized for end-of-life-care work
Dr. Ann Allegre, director of medical programs at Kansas City (Mo.) Hospice and Palliative Care, received the $25,000 senior physician award for leadership in the field and for developing education and training programs. Dr. Anthony Galanos, medical director of the Duke University Hospital Palliative Care Service, Durham, N.C., received the $25,000 midcareer award for establishing palliative care at Duke and "for his grasp of the art of medicine," according to a news release from the Hastings Center.
Early career prizes of $15,000 were awarded to Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf, medical director of the department of pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul; Dr. Savithri Nageswaran, assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Dr. Eric Widera, director of hospice and palliative care service at San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
This is the second year that the awards have been given out by the Hastings Center and the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose website states that its mission is "to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life."
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