Duke geriatrician Anthony “Tony” Galanos is among the recipients of the 2011 Hastings Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards honoring extraordinary commitment to caring for patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses.
The national awards, which include cash prizes totaling $95,000, are administered by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life (ICEOL), whose director, Richard Payne M.D., chaired the selection process.
“As we debate health care policy in the United States, with all its controversy about ‘death panels’ and such, we commend these physicians who provide care on a physical, psychological, and spiritual level—not just for the patients themselves, but for their families and loved ones as well,” Payne said. “These five award winners are the people that we wish could provide care for all of us.”
Galanos is medical director of the Duke University Hospital Palliative Care Service in Durham, N.C. His nominator wrote: “I have been most impressed not by his mastery of the science of palliative care… but by his display of the ‘art of medicine.’ He is truly a healer who addresses the suffering of the whole person.” As the mid-career recipient, he will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
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