Honor a doctor who inspires you
Recognizing physician heroes
Recognizing physicians and their families during this pandemic
“I would like to send a special shout out of appreciation and gratitude to all our physicians, especially those on the front line in the pandemic battle. Also, thank you to their families for the sacrificing they are making as well. We are in this together and I am proud to be a member of the family of medicine.“
Sarah Sanders, PharmD, Past-President, AMAF
“To our Doctors – THANK YOU! During this pandemic, you’re putting your lives on the line for all of us. You are an inspiration. Your passion, years of training, self-sacrifice, and dedication are so needed now. You will save us. You teach us humanity and empathy. Thank you for your sacrifices and all that you do for us and our families.”
John D. Evans, Chairman, AMAF Fellowship Commission for LGBTQ+ Health
I lead because...
“I lead because it allows me the opportunity to represent those that may not have a voice at the table. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Black men make up less than 3% of physicians. Diversity and representation matter. I stand on the shoulders of medical pioneers who paved the way for me to serve those in need. It is our responsibility to continue to pave the way for future generations to take care of the needs of this entire nation.”
Zachary B. White II, MS, 2021 AMAF Leadership Development Institute Participant
Honoring Nisha Chandra-Strobos, MBBS, MD
“Dr. Chandra-Strobos was one of my first attending physicians in the cardiac ICU, at a time when I was still learning what it meant to be a doctor. She had such amazing mottos that I use to this day. One was, “Cast no lines, catch no fish.” I think of this often and am reminded that I will not succeed if I do not first apply myself.” –
Carl Streed, MD, Boston, Massachusetts
Thank you Dr. Stein
“Dr. Regina Stein is a doctor who treats her patients as true human souls. She saved my life twice: In 2009 from blood clots on my lungs, and then, most recently, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer. She planned my surgery with my surgeon in ways that meant I wouldn’t lose a kidney and could keep living a normal life. She’s always there for me with answers to my questions and a hug to ease my fears… The only thing bigger than her talent as a physician is her heart… This woman deserves every award she can be nominated for. I hope she’s around as long as I need her.”
Mindy, Chicago, Illinois
Honoring Erin Tracy, MD
“I am where I am today as a physician because of the guidance and support of a physician mentor when I was a medical student. I want to thank Dr. Erin Tracy who recognized my potential, encouraged my involvement in health policy and organized medicine, and truly inspired my interest in women’s health.”
Heather Smith, MD, MPH, President-Elect, AMAF
Best doc ever!
I just wanted to say that me, my mom and my cousin have the best doctor in the world as far as we are concerned. My cousin credits him for saving her life twice. His name is Dr. Brian Ellis. He cares about his patients and takes real good care of them. I guess I was just hoping you could send him a letter of recognition. He deserves that and more. Thank you
Ruby W., Danville, KY
Thank you, Dr. Traci Beck
“Dr. Beck has dedicated her career to caring for underserved and marginalized communities, including transgender patients, for over 20 years. She serves transgender patients from Cook County’s CORE Center and Howard Brown Health and is an active participant in the LGBTQ health initiatives supported by Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital.”
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Kim Hunt, MPP, MUPP, AMAF Fellowship Commission for LGBTQ+ Health
What makes a hero?
“What makes a hero? Immediately, I think about some of the physician speakers we have had the privilege of speaking with, Dr. Aletha Maybank and Dr. Patrice Harris, who are at the forefront of leadership. Then I think of my own mentor–Dr. Sourav Sengupta.
Reflecting on these examples, I think one common thread with all of these individuals is bravery. Whether it be standing up on a national stage or being a local source of strength and inspiration–all of these individuals are dedicated to doing what is right and bettering those around them, even when it isn’t easy. And that can be expanded out to physicians who are struggling through the mental and physical tole of working through this pandemic, physicians who stand up to support movements like Black Lives Matter, or the physician that wholeheartedly dedicates themselves to patient encounter with the same compassion and vigor as the last. “
Emily Slominski, 2021 AMAF Leadership Development Institute Participant
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