The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards
Recognizing Excellence in Care at the End of Life
Care for patients at the end of life has long troubled American medicine, not only in its failure to provide good palliative care, but also in the relationship between doctors and patients. Many efforts to remedy this situation have emerged: a growing and strengthening palliative care movement, better understanding of the situation of patients at the end of life, a sharper focus on the values and behavior of physicians in their care of the dying, and a more general effort to gain medical recognition that end-of-life care is just as important as care during all other phases of life.
Great progress has been made, but there is still a distance to go. As the number and percentage of people who die from chronic and degenerative diseases increase, the physician skills and virtues necessary to provide good end-of-life care also increase.
The aim of The Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards is to foster those skills and virtues by providing financial prizes to those physicians, young and old, who have shown their care of patients to be exemplary, a model of good medicine for other physicians, and a great benefit in advancing the centrality of end-of-life care as a basic part of the doctor-patient relationship.
There are five annual prizes totaling $95,000; one prize of $25,000 for a senior physician; one prize of $25,000 for a mid-career physician and three prizes of $15,000 for early-career physicians.
The criteria for the awards have been established by the Selection Committee, which was convened specifically for this purpose.
The committee consists of:
Richard Payne, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, and the Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.
Thomas P. Duffy, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Director of The Program for Humanities in Medicine at Yale.
Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Larry R. Churchill, Ph.D., is the Ann Geddes Stahlman Chair of Medical Ethics at Vanderbilt University with appointments in the Vanderbilt Divinity School and in the Department of Philosophy.