Dr. Philip A. Kithas Wins Award - U of U School of Medicine
May 18, 2017 12:00 AM
Dr. Philip A. Kithas, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine, is the 2017 recipient of The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This student-nominated award honors faculty who are exemplary in their compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families, administer scientifically excellent clinical care, and who serve as role models to students.
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation initiated the Humanism in Medicine Awards in 2012 at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The annual award honors one faculty member and one graduating medical student for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine, specifically integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy and service. It is intended to promote the integration of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families from compassionate as well as scientifically-excellent physicians. The Gold Foundation bestows a personalized certificate and a $1000 prize. This year's nominating student noted:
"Dr. Kithas is consistently patient, thoughtful, and kind. He exemplifies compassion while also being a remarkably diligent clinician."
Dr. Kithas is devoted to the clinical care of older veterans. He has been a staff physician at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake Veterans Health Care System for 16 years, and was General Medicine Section Chief from September 1999 to October 2006. In caring for these Veterans Dr. Kithas has further developed management of their usually multiple and complex medical problems. It is his intention to continue to improve the care of our Veterans through clinical and administrative means while helping to educate them in becoming partners in their care. At the same time, Dr. Kithas hopes to further educate future providers in the complex, yet rewarding, care of the older adult. A major focus during Dr. Kithas' career has been developing research in geriatric cardiovascular medicine, e.g. cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and anticoagulation management in the elderly.