Inside the 9th Annual Castle Connolly Awards Dinner
The Ninth Annual Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards took place at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on Monday, Mar 31st. Always a worthy cause, the awards dinner recognized and honored five exemplary physicians, as well as the many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing in communities throughout the United States.
Dr. Oz during the cocktial hour
The evening began with a cocktail reception at6:30 pmfollowed by dinner and the awards presentation. Among the many elite docotrs we spoke with the renown Dr. Oz. We asked how he felt about being a recipient of theNational Health Leadership Award, he shared, "Well I'm surprised to get the award, I was really honored to get it with my wife. We spent a lot of our lives building Health Corp. which is a children's health education program. So it's not for the show or being a Heart Surgeon, it's for what I've done to try to get kids to look at their bodies differently."
Dinner is served
Awards were given to physicians who are nationally recognized leaders and contributors in their specialties.
The Lifetime Achievement Awardis awarded to physicians for their lifetime of dedication to research and practice in their respective fields. This year, the award will be presented to:
• Victor Fazio, M.D., Chairman Emeritus, Digestive Disease Institute; Department of Colorectal
Surgery - Cleveland Clinic
• Hagop M. Kantarjian, M.D., Professor and Chair, Leukemia - The University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center
The Clinical Excellence Award, recognizing physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice, will be
• Susan B. Bressman, M.D., Alan and Joan Mirken Chair, Departments of Neurology - Mount Sinai
Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt; Professor of Neurology – Icahn
School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
• Catherine R. deVries, M.D., M.S., Professor of Surgery - University of Utah; Director of the
University of Utah Center for Global Surgery – University of Utah Health Care and Primary
• Michael Saag, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research
(CFAR) – University of Alabama at Birmingham
The National Health Leadership Award is awarded to individuals for outstanding dedication and work with an organization that has served to heighten the awareness for the need for support and research on that specific cause.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, Host of The Dr. Oz Show, best-selling author and Co-Founder of HealthCorps and Lisa Oz, Host of The Lisa Oz Show, best-selling author and Co-Founder of HealthCorps received this year’s National Health Leadership Award.
John K. Castle, Chairman, and John J. Connolly, Ed.D., President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.,William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. andJean Morgan, M.D., Vice President, Chief Medical & Research Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. wiere among the Awards Presenters for the evening. Dr. Steve Salvatore, host of “Dr. Steve,”Tribune’s nationally syndicated TV show, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
There is nothing more luxurious than the perfect cocktail. Certainly everyone should drink responsibly and when out on the quest one can drink "fashionably" with the help of this little cocktail suggestion