Physician Honored for Palliative Care

March 12, 2012

University Health System Physician Honored for Palliative Care

Jason Morrow, MD, PhD, who was named recipient of the 2012 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards in the early-career category, will be honored at a reception on March 23, 2012. Dr. Morrow is Medical Director of Palliative Care at University Health System in San Antonio, Texas, Assistant Professor of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, and Faculty Associate for the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.

Dr. Morrow is known for his advocacy in expanding palliative care services and his passion for educating medical students, residents, and other physicians in clinical practices and ethics. Clinicians have routinely sought his counsel in ethically complicated cases at University of Texas Health Science Center, as well as at Duke University Health System and Durham Regional Hospital, where he was a palliative care physician until July 2011.

He has received high praise for his skills as an educator. “One of his greatest strengths is his ability to recruit those around him to advance the level of care provided to dying patients,” said Dr. David Gallagher, director of Duke University’s hospital medicine programs, in nominating Morrow. “He is early in a career that is full of promise.”

The reception honoring Dr. Morrow will be held Friday, March 23, 2012, 5:00 pm, at the University Hospital, Foundation Room, 4502 Medical Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 3rd floor, inside the cafeteria.

Early-career physician awards were also presented to Dr. Justin Baker, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, director of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and Theresa A. Soriano, MD, MPH, director, Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Michael W. Rabow, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a leading outpatient palliative care consultation program was presented the mid-career physician award.

The award for senior-career physician went to Janet Bull, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Principal Investigator at Four Seasons, a nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization that serves western North Carolina.

The awards are given annually by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship near the end of life, in partnership with The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute that has done groundbreaking work on end-of-life decision-making. The nomination and selection process is administered by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.

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