AMA Foundation honors Seattle physician as an outstanding leader in medicine
(Chicago) – Shilpen Patel, MD, from Seattle, Wash., has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s 2009 Leadership Award. This award provides medical students, residents/fellows and early career physicians from around the country with special training to develop their skills as future leaders in organized medicine and community affairs.
The AMA Foundation honored 30 individuals with the award at its annual Excellence in Medicine Awards ceremony on March 9 in Washington D.C. Presented in association with Pfizer, Inc, recipients of the award are recognized for demonstrating outstanding non-clinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education.
Shilpen Patel, MD, is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in the department of radiation oncology. His interests lie in access to health care and in correcting health care disparities. He currently serves on the board of Equal Rights Washington, which advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. His current work involves creating an oncology screening clinic for indigent patients.
"Through actions such as leading a free clinic, changing health policy, conducting cutting-edge research or volunteering on a global level, these men and women have shown tremendous potential for joining the next generation of medical leaders,” said Jean Howard, president of the AMA Foundation. “I am confident that these outstanding individuals will provide the necessary leadership to improve health care delivery in our country."