Ruben Gonzalez-Crespo selected to receive 2011 C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards

Gonzalez-Crespo has been praised for bringing comfort, care and compassion to the Hispanic community through his work as a Spanish interpreter in UNC Lineberger and the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

By helping patients and their families overcome language and cultural barriers, he is an important advocate for Latino health, increasing the number of minority cancer patients participating in clinical trials, directing patients to the emotional, therapeutic and financial resources available to them, and helping non-Spanish-speaking physicians understand their patients’ needs and concerns.

“The Hispanic patients feel welcomed into the UNC Hospitals system and are well-supported because of his efforts,” a colleague wrote. “Patients are able to effectively communicate their needs to the medical staff and likewise receive treatment with a clear understanding.”

The C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards is one of the most coveted distinctions the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gives faculty and staff. Read about the other 2011 winners here.

This story is from the Feb. 23 issue of the University Gazette.