Hanson presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award

Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine and Co-Director of the Palliative Care Program, was chosen as this year's Fuller Award recipient.

Hanson presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award click to enlarge Laura Hanson, MD, MPH

Dr. Hanson graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1986, and received an MPH degree in Epidemiology from the UNC School of Public Health. She trained in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and completed fellowships in Geriatric Medicine and in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina.

Hanson received the award at the Nov. 21 UNC Health Care System Board meeting. Tony Lindsey, MD, UNC Hospitals Chief of Staff, presented Hanson with the award. Here are some excerpts from his speech:

"Dr. Hanson joined the UNC  faculty in 1989 and has been a force behind many of our improvements in the care of geriatric patients and patients near the end of life. Her tireless efforts to establish a Palliative Care Service at UNC, for which she serves as co-director with Dr. Steve Bernard, have led to clear improvements in our care of these patients.  Many of her colleagues have commented on her even-tempered, respectful and collegial leadership style which has been an enabling force for innovation and positive change on our geriatrics and palliative care services as well as the Hospital Ethics Committee on which she has served for 18 years.

"Dr. Hanson has made a major impact through her academic work, publishing over 75 papers in peer reviewed journals. She has done crucial work which informs us about decision making in geriatric and palliative care.  In her words, her interest is in, 'finding new ways to deliver high quality care with ethically appropriate decision-making which is critical to the U.S. healthcare system, and to the well-being of patients and families.'"

The H. Fleming Fuller Award
The Fuller Award recognizes members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller’s lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community.

This award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston physician H. Fleming Fuller, who died October 3, 1986. A founding member of the Board of Directors of North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Dr. Fuller served on the Board from 1971 until his death. Born in Franklinton, Dr. Fuller graduated from Wake Forest College, where he earned a B.S. degree in medicine in 1934. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his M.D. degree in 1936.

Criteria adopted by the Board for the Fuller Award state that nominees should be selected on the basis of the following attributes:

  • Unwavering personal commitment to treating patients with compassion and respect;
  • Ongoing service as a staunch advocate for maintaining clinical excellence including the highest standards of patient safety, satisfaction and wellbeing both physical and emotional;
  • Effectiveness as a professional role model for the students and young physicians responsible for the care of future generations;
  • and Sense of civic responsibility through active participation in groups or organizations concerned with the health and well-being of North Carolina’s citizens.
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