The fifth annual Castle Connolly Medical
Ltd. National Physician of the Year Awards took place on
Monday evening, March 22, 2010 at the Hudson Theatre at the
Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. The Awards
recognizes and honors five exemplary physicians, as well as
the many thousands of other excellent physicians practicing
in communities throughout the United States. The evening
began at 6:30PM with the awards presentation followed by a
cocktail buffet. The event was by invitation only.
Several awards are given
to those who work tirelessly in their respective field of
The Lifetime Achievement Award
is awarded to physicians for their lifetime of dedication to
research and practice in their respective fields. This
year, the award was presented to Leonard Apt, M.D.,
Professor of Ophthalmology Emeritus (Active), Director
Emeritus and Founder of the Division of Pediatric
Ophthalmology and Strabismus - David Geffen School of
Medicine at UCLA, Jules Stein Eye Institute and to Basil
I. Hirschowitz, M.D., Professor of Medicine Emeritus,
Professor of Physiology Emeritus - University of Alabama at
Excellence Award, designed to recognize physicians
who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice, was
presented to John B. Buse, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of
Medicine, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Director,
Diabetes Care Center, Executive Associate Dean, Clinical
Research -University of North Carolina School of Medicine;
Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., Chair, Department of Oncology - St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital, American Cancer Society
Professor; and Larry Norton, M.D., Deputy
Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs; Medical
Director, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center - Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The National Health Leadership Award
is awarded to a non-physician whose tireless work
with an organization has heightened the awareness for the
need of support and research for that specific cause.
Alexandra Reeve Givens and Matthew Reeve, Trustees of
the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, 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. presided over the evening. William Liss-Levinson,
Ph.D., Vice President, Chief Strategy & Operations
Officer, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and Jean Morgan,
M.D., Vice President, Chief Medical & Research Officer,
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. were the Awards Presenters for
Lifetime Achievement for the evening. Robin Elliott,
Executive Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation was
the Master of Ceremonies.
About the National
Physician of the Year Awards
Each year, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
receives thousands of nominations from physicians and the
medical leadership of major medical centers, specialty
hospitals, teaching hospitals as well as regional and
community medical centers across the United States as an
integral part of our research, screening and selection
process to identify America’s Top Doctors®.
The selected physicians, while located in all 50 states and
involved in more than 70 medical specialties and
subspecialties, all share one distinguishing profession
attribute: an unwavering dedication to their patients and to
medicine as a whole. Each and every one of these outstanding
medical professionals is a symbol of the clinical excellence
that characterizes American medicine. In honor of these
outstanding physicians, as well as the many thousands of
other excellent physicians practicing in communities
throughout the United States, Castle Connolly Medical
Ltd. created the National Physician of the Year
About Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
is America’s trusted source for identifying top doctors.
Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle, (Chairman) and
John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), who served
as board chairman, and president and CEO of New York Medical
College, respectively, its mission is to help consumers find
the best healthcare. They achieve that mission through
their consumer books – such as America’s Top Doctors®
– their web site and various consumer and business-oriented
print and online partnerships. Under the direction of its
physician-lead research team, Castle Connolly surveys
tens of thousands of physicians and hospital executives in
order to identify, screen and, ultimately, select those
physicians regarded by their peers as leaders - among the
very best – in their specialties and for specific
diseases and techniques. The members of the management team
include Jean Morgan, M.D. -Vice-President, Chief Medical &
Research Officer and William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D. -
Vice-President, Chief Strategy & Operations Officer.
Castle Connolly’s valuable top doctors information can
also be found online at its website,
www.castleconnolly.com and on other affiliated websites.
To contact Castle
Connolly Medical Ltd., please contact
William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D. at (212) 367-8400 ext. 14 or