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Physicians honored for end-of-life care
A surgeon and a pediatrician are among the four American physicians who have been named recipients of the first Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards.
The awards were given by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation, whose mission is to enrich the doctor-patient relationship at the end of life, in partnership with The Hastings Center in Garrison, NY.
Robert A. Milch, MD, FACS, of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, near Buffalo, NY, will receive the established physician award of $50,000. He has been involved with hospice and palliative care for more than 30 years, most of it at Hospice Buffalo, where he initially served as a volunteer medical director.
Early career physician awards of $15,000 each will be given to Jeffrey N. Stoneberg, DO, of San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine; Elisabeth Potts Dellon, MD, MPH, of the University of North Carolina; and Eytan Szmuilowicz, MD, of Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago.
The Cunniff-Dixon Foundation was founded in 2005 by Matthew A. Baxter in memory of his wife, Carley Cunniff, who died of breast cancer, and her attending physician, Peter S. Dixon, MD, who has a private practice in Essex, CT. "He was the guiding light who enabled her to die a peaceful death at home with her family and loved ones," said Baxter in a statement.