Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, was a distinguished neurologist and tireless advocate for his patients. His dedication to improving the lives of others was lauded by his peers and inspired his community. To honor Viste, an AAN Past President and Foundation Chair who passed away in 2005, the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Patient Advocate of the Year Award was created in 2007. The award recognizes one neurologist who exemplifies Viste’s leadership and commitment to advocating for the patient community.
The 2009 Advocate of the Year Award is now open and accepting nominations until November 30th, 2008. Please nominate your colleagues for their commitment to patient advocacy today. The recipients will receive a $1,000 cash prize and recognition at the 2009 AAN Annual Meeting.
In 2007, the award was given to Kamel Elzawahry, MD, of the Brain and Spine Center, L.L.C., of Panama City, FL. Elzawahry established the Bay Cares Program, a local indigent care program administered by the Bays Medical Society. The program arranges care for low-income patients and has provided over $1.6 million worth of free medical care. Elzawahry was humbled and honored to be nominated by his colleagues for this award.
The second recipient of the award was Tarakad Ramachandran, MD, FAAN, in 2008. He also shares the selfless act of working on behalf of the patient community as Viste. In Pune, India, Ramachandran helped to establish an imaging center to provide free computerized tomography scans to the poor and ran free clinics for those who could not afford care. He used these clinics as a base for teaching Indian medical students and residents. Along with establishing the Stroke Center of Excellence at Upstate Medical Center, he has served on the Board of Directors of the World Neurology Foundation (WNF) and, since 2007, has been Vice President of the WNF. Ramachandran’s leadership and advocacy qualities earned him this award and he continues his commitment to the patient community.
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