Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Stephen Damm Award

UT Southwestern Medical School has approved a new internal award for "the resident or fellow rotating through neuro-oncology in academic year 2009-2010 who best exemplifies the excellence and compassion in patient care for which Steve Damm was well known."

The idea of the award began with Dr. Chitnis, the neurologist who was assigned to Steve during his stay at Zale Lipshy in December 2007, and Dr. Maher, Steve's neuro-oncologist.

Dr. Maher or I will present the award, which includes a $500 gift (funded by Dr. Chitnis) and a plaque, at the end of the academic year.

Steve was an influential advocate for quality patient care during his tenure with Children's Medical Center and as a cancer patient.

He relished his role as an administrator, which allowed him to work behind the scenes to ensure that children from families who could least afford quality health care received the best possible care.

As a patient, Steve was gently assertive. Together, he and I pushed for the best possible care. He was quick to praise excellent care and willing to demand better treatment when necessary.

I am thankful that we are able to celebrate Steve's legacy with this special award and will keep you posted on more details.


Laura Redmond said...

This is fabulous and what a great testament to Steve! So glad they chose to honor him in this way. :)

Cathy Frye said...

How wonderful! And such an honor.

Chitnis and Chahal said...

This is just one way to keep Steve's memory alive and encourage excellence in care and attitude towards patients who really need kindness and understanding during their cancer journey.

Laura said...

What an honor and tribute to Steve!