WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – K. Patrick Ober, M.D., professor of internal medicine and dean of medical education at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been nominated for the 2007 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award.
The recipient of the national 2007 Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the AAMC through the support of the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative (PMHI), will be announced Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C.
The AAMC annually recognizes a medical school faculty physician who illustrates the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor. The goal of the award is to remind medical students and faculty of the importance of these qualities and the positive effects they can have on the doctor-patient relationship.
During the past 30 years, Ober has received 15 major teaching awards from students and residents at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and the medical school yearbook has been dedicated to him three times. He has also been listed in the Best Doctors in America consistently since 1996.
Ober has served as president of the North Carolina affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, been a member of its research committee and served as a chairman of the Professional Education Committee. He has been the guest editor for issues of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America and the Medical Clinics of North America on the topic of emergencies in endocrinology, and has edited a book titled Endocrinology of Critical Disease.
His research focuses on endocrinology and metabolism, but his area of greatest interest, is in Mark Twain’s medical annotations. In 2003, his book Mark Twain and Medicine: Any Mummery Will Cure was published.
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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University School of Medicine 18th in primary care and 44th in research among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 35th in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Almost 150 members of the medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.