Donald Girard, MD, 2017 Doctor-Citizen of the Year

2017 Doctor-Citizen of the Year

This annual award honors a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the community, the practice of medicine, and to health care policy in Oregon.

Donald Girard, MD is the OMA's 2017 Doctor-Citizen of the Year. He received the honor at the association’s 143rd annual meeting on Saturday, October 28. 

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.


Past Doctor-Citizen Award recipients:

1957, Archie D. McMurdo, Heppner
1958, De Norval Unthank, Portland
1959, William Willis Holt, Medford
1960, Stanley A. Boyd, Eugene
1961, Samuel L. Diack, Portland
1962, Virgil N. Samms, Eugene
1963, Craig B. Leman, Corvallis
1964, Howard L. Cherry, Portland
1965, Merle Pennington, Sherwood
1966, Morris K. Crothers, Salem
1967, E.G. Chuinard, Portland
1968, Joseph P. Brennan, Pendleton
1969, Alfred J. Kreft, Portland
1970, John G.P. Cleland, Oregon City
1971, Beatrice Rose, Portland
1972, Vern Miller, Salem
1973, Forrest Rieke, Portland
1974, J.Richard Raines, Portland
1975, Louis Feves, Pendleton
1976, Raymond McKeown, North Bend
1977, Cameron C. Bangs, Oregon City
1978, Ralph S. Crawshaw, Portland
1979, David D. Kliewer, Corvallis
1980, Donald M. Jeppesen, Roseburg
1981, Donald E. Poage, Coos Bay
1982, C.H. Hagmeier, Portland
1983, William Zieverink, Portland
1984, Roy W. Skoglund, Roseburg
1985, John R. Tongue, Tualatin
1986, Brandt Bartels, Medford
1987, John R. Hazel, Oregon City
1988, George E. Kabacy, Canby
1989, Warren G. Bishop, Medford
1990, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
1991, Stuart G. Garrett, Bend
1992, Richard Allen, Portland
1993, Terence J. Parr, Lakeview
1995, James Garland, Hillsboro
1996, Richard G. Kincade, Eugene
1997, Martin L. Jones, Eugene
1998, John W. Forsyth, Medford
1999, Byron T. Sagunsky, Klamath Falls
2000, John D. Alsever, Salem
2001, Joanne Jene, Portland
2002, Stanley O. Shepardson, Bend
2003, T. Allen Merritt, Bend
2004, Ronald E. Carver, Bend   
2005, Crittenden Huston, McMinnville       
2006, James K. Lace, Salem
2007, U. Scott Page, Portland
2008, James Frances Calver, Jr, Klamath Falls
2009, David R. Grube, Philomath
2010, William Kohn, Grants Pass
2011, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
2012, James "Jim" Shames, Medford
2013, John McAnulty, Portland
2014, William "Bud" Peirce, Salem
2015, Sharon Meieran, Portland

2016, Charles R. Thomas, Jr., Portland

2017 Donald Girard, Portland

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