OHSU’s Girard named OMA Doctor-Citizen of the Year


PORTLAND, Ore.—(October 31, 2017)—At its Annual Conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017, the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) named Donald Girard, Professor Emeritus at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), its Doctor-Citizen of the Year. 

Each year since 1957, the OMA has honored an Oregon physician as the Doctor-Citizen of the Year. This award recognizes those doctors who generously commit their time and energy to community activities and work to further the art and science of medicine, and who have made outstanding contributions to healthcare policy. Special consideration is given to activities outside the practice of medicine.
Dr. Girard has demonstrated throughout his career—and continues to demonstrate on a daily basis—an abiding passion for physician wellness. The OMA award recognizes his good work in this arena. Dr. Girard leads an initiative with The Foundation for Medical Excellence (TFME) for statewide wellness (the Oregon Wellness Program). He heads the coalition’s Executive Committee and the program’s group of advisors.
In presenting Dr. Girard’s award, Robert Orfaly, MD, outgoing 142nd president of the OMA, said, “Dr. Girard is the heart and soul of physician wellness, and we are all indebted to him for his caring and compassion toward improving the lives of practitioners.”
Dr. Girard is Professor Emeritus at the OHSU School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Pomona College and the Baylor University School of Medicine. He interned at King County Harborview Hospital in Seattle and completed his residency at St Joseph Hospital-University of Texas Houston and at University of Oregon, where he was also chief medical resident. Dr. Girard served his country at the Department of Internal Medicine, Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia from 1973-75.
At OHSU, Dr. Girard held several positions, including that of Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education at the School of Medicine. Among his many distinguished professional accomplishments, Dr. Girard founded Oregon Health & Science University’s General Internal Medicine Division, which has now mentored and developed countless academic generalists as a new discipline of medicine. He has also served in numerous local, regional, and national medical organizations.
“Putting the Joy Back into Medicine,” the OMA’s 2017 Annual Conference, took place on Saturday, October 28 at Portland’s The Nines Hotel, attracting around 200 attendees. The event included keynote addresses by Elizabeth Lahti, MD of Oregon Health & Science University and Michael Tutty, PhD, MHA, Vice President Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability for the American Medical Association.


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