Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Eric Widera wins Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Award!

Congratulations to GeriPal co-founder Eric Widera for winning an early career Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Award for improving care of patients near the end of life!


Eric was recognized "for his humility, his commitment to his patients and their families, and his leadership in creating forums of communication on geriatric palliative care issues."  This award recognizes what we at GeriPal have known for some time - Eric is an extraordinary palliative medicine physician who leads by example.


“This year’s awardees represent the very best traditions of the humanism of medicine and the best in doctoring,” said selection committee member Richard Payne, MD, Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. 


Other awardees include:

  • Ann Allegre, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, director of medical programs at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care in Kansas City, Mo (Senior Physician Award)
  • Anthony Nicholas Galanos, MA, MD, medical director of the Duke University Hospital Palliative Care Service in Durham, N.C. (Mid-Career Physician Award)
  • Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care, and Integrative Medicine at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Early Career Award)
  • Savithri Nageswaran, MBBS, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (Early Career Award)


Eric received a check for $15,000 from the foundation as part of the award.  He has been spotted browsing in the local Apple store.

Well done Eric!
by: Alex Smith

7 comments:

Sara Knight said...

Congratulations, Eric! This is a wonderful acknowledgement of your dedication, creative work, and leadership in palliative care.

Christian Sinclair, MD said...

Way to go Eric! I think you totally deserve this award. Although I have not personally witnessed your clinical skills, I find that you demonstrate great advocacy for geriatrics and palliative care, humble intellectualism and a sensitive nature to the struggles of staff, patients and family in your writings.

Eric Widera said...

Thanks everyone. The award says much more about the amazing people that I work with than anything about my own personal qualities. We need an unsung hero award (I guess they wouldnt be unsung then - maybe call it a Previously Unsung Hero Award).

PS. MacBook Air rocks

Eric Widera said...

Thanks everyone. The award says much more about the amazing people that I work with than anything about my own personal qualities. We need an unsung hero award (I guess they wouldnt be unsung then - maybe call it a Previously Unsung Hero Award).

PS. MacBook Air rocks

Paula Span said...

Mazel tov, Dr. W.

dielaffing said...

Yay! One of the Greatest of the GoodCare Guys is getting much-deserved, long-overdue, well-earned recognition. Every time Eric opens his computer to blog, pearls fall out. We're so lucky they roll our way so we can string 'em together and learn how to give our geriatric patients the very best and respectful palliative care they deserve.

Congratulations, Dr. Widera! And thank you for all you do for all of us.

risaden said...

Wanted to add my voice to the congrats, well deserved!