Alper Humanitarian Award Ceremony & Lecture (13th annual)

Friday, March 6, 2020 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 ceremony 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 2020 Alper Humanitarian Award winner is Meredith Stroud, DO from Pediatrics. 


The 2020 Alper Humanitarian Award nominees are:

 Jamie Jones, MD  Internal Medicine
 Laura Sherwood, MD  Family Medicine
 Meredith Stroud, DO  Pediatrics
 Veronica Zachry, MD  Surgery


Alper Humanitarian Award Ceremony invitation

Click here to View the 2020 Invitation & Overview (.pdf) 


Nancy Dickey, MD, 2019 Alper Awards SpeakerAbout the Speaker:  The 2020 keynote speaker is Stephen Trzeciak, MD, and his presentation is titled "Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference".

  Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH is a physician scientist, Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, and Professor and Chair of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Trzeciak is a practicing intensivist (specialist in intensive care medicine), and a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical researcher with more than 100 publications in the scientific literature, primarily in the field of resuscitation science. Dr. Trzeciak's publications have been featured in prominent medical journals, such as: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, and The New England Journal of Medicine. His scientific program has been supported by research grants from the American Heart Association, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, with Dr. Trzeciak serving in the role of Principal Investigator.


Currently, Dr. Trzeciak’s research is focused on a new field called “Compassionomics”, in which he is studying the scientific effects of compassion on patients, patient care, and those who care for patients. He is an author of the best-selling book: Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, which has been featured in numerous media outlets such as CNN, NPR, and The Washington Post. For this work, Dr. Trzeciak was awarded the 2019 Influencers of Healthcare Award by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Broadly, Dr. Trzeciak’s mission is to make health care more compassionate through science.


Dr. Trzeciak is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his fellowship in critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and neurocritical care. .


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:

2020 - Meredith Stroud, DO - Pediatrics

2019 - Alexandria CookeMD - Family Medicine

2018 - Lauren Fox-Bergvin, MD - Pediatrics

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:

2020 - Stephen Trzeciak, MD - Cooper Univ. Health Care

2019 - Nancy Dickey, MD - Texas A&M R&CHI

2018 - Barbara Tobias, MD - Health Collaborative

2017 - Robert Neel, MD - Univ. of Cincinnati

2016 - Cynthia Haq, MD - Univ. of Wisconsin

2015 - Danielle Ofri, MD Bellevue Hospital

2014 - Yank Coble, MD - CGHMD

2013 - Porter Storey, Jr, MD - AAHPM

2012 - Jonathan Amiel, MD - Columbia Univ.

2011 - Yolanda Wimberly, MD - Morehouse School/Med.

2010 - Yasmin Meah, MD - Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

2009 - Diane Meier, MD - CAPC


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