Alper Humanitarian Award Ceremony & Lecture (11th annual)

Friday, March 23, 2018 from 8:00-9:15am

Probasco Auditorium, Erlanger Baroness Campus - Chattanooga, TN


Dr. Harold AlperThe Harold Alper Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a resident in his/her last year of training at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga who has consistently demonstrated during residency the humanistic qualities for which the late Dr. Harold Alper was known: integrity, compassion, and community service. The 2018 ceremony is the 11th annual and consists of a 1-hour lecture/presentation about humanism in medicine, recognition of the award nominees, and the presentation of the Harold Alper Humanitarian Award to the chosen resident. The ceremony is funded by an endowment provided by the family of Harold Alper, MD.  


The 2018 Alper Humanitarian Award nominees are:  

  • Christopher Bell, MD - Surgery
  • Joseph Boaen, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Lauren Fox-Bergvin, DO - Pediatrics
  • Zineb Mashak, MD - OB/GYN
  • Jenifer Samuel, MD - Internal Medicine
  • Caleb Steffen, MD - Plastic Surgery
  • Case Tedder, MD - Family Medicine
  • Brittany Walsh, MD - Emergency Medicine


Alper Humanitarian Award Ceremony invitation 

Click here to View the 2018 Invitation & Overview (.pdf)


About the Speaker:  The 2018 keynote speaker is Barbara B. Tobias, MD, and her lecture is titled "Humanism and Medicine: Stories from Everyday Heroes".

  Barbara Tobias, MD is a family physician and Medical Director of the Health Collaborative, providing leadership and support to physicians and practices in public reporting, payment reform, quality improvement, population health and practice transformation initiatives including the Comprehensive Primary Care Classic (CPC) Initiative and now CPC+.  Dr. Tobias was previously co-PI with Dr. Greer Glazer, Dean, UC College of Nursing on Urban Serving University/AAMC Health Care Work Force Diversity Initiative for the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center and Co-PI for the UC Department of Family and Community Medicine MEDTAPP initiative.


Dr. Tobias is the Robert and Myfanwy Smith Professor of Family Medicine and Vice Chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Tobias was a 2009-2010 RWJ Health Policy Fellow in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Previously she was the Director of Medical Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine with awards in teaching, mentoring and clinical excellence, including the Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence and the Leonard R. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received her BA from Cornell University.


Dr. Tobias has practiced family medicine for over 25 years including over a decade at Lincoln Heights Health Center, Ohio’s oldest federally qualified health center. She currently cares for patients at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic.  


Who should Attend?

Physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical students, and other medical professionals, community members, & students interested in humanity in medicine.


Registration is not necessary, but seating is limited.


AMA Credit: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accreditation: The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.



Past Award Recipients:

2017 - Meshell Stokes, MD - OB/GYN

2016 - Anna Royer, MD - Surgery

2015 - Natalie Johnson, DO - OBGYN

2014 - Philip Sutherland, MD - Family Medicine

2013 - Bryan Vance, MD - Emergency Medicine

2012 - Fernando Windemuller, MD - Pediatrics

2011 - Andrew Todd, DO - Internal Medicine

2010 - Brent Campbell, DO - Family Medicine

2009 - Amanda Grubb, MD - Internal Medicine

2008 - Laura Cooley, MD - Internal Medicine

Past Keynote Speakers:

2017 - Robert Neel, MD - U. of Cincinnati

2016 - Cynthia Haq, MD - U. of Wisconsin

2015 - Danielle Ofri, MD Bellevue Hospital

2014 - Yank Coble, MD - CGHMD

2013 - Porter Storey, Jr, MD - AAHPM

2012 - Jonathan Amiel, MD - Columbia U.

2011 - Yolanda Wimberly, MD - Morehouse S.o.M.

2010 - Yasmin Meah, MD - Mt. Sinai S.o.M.

2009 - Diane Meier, MD - CAPC

2008 - 



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