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AMA Foundation Honors Compassionate Physicians With Excellence in Medicine Awards
Date:2/19/2008

CHICAGO, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation honored six physicians with awards representing the highest ideals of medical service in providing care to underserved and needy patients. The physicians will be honored during the sixth annual Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner on March 31, 2008 preceding the American Medical Association's National Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. One physician received the Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine, two physicians received the Jack B. McConnell, M.D. Award for Excellence in Volunteerism and three others received the Pride in the Profession Award, all offered by the AMA Foundation in association with the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative. The six physicians honored with the awards are recognized for their compassion, leadership, excellence, integrity and high ethical standards.

"These physicians make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged populations through efforts that range from providing free care to uninsured patients, to bridging the gap in health disparities, to working through political channels to reshape our health care system," commented AMA Foundation President Barbara Rockett, M.D. "These individuals serve as wonderful role models for us all, and they truly represent what it means to give beyond one's self."

The Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine honors a domestic physician for outstanding international service in the areas of medical practice, medical education or medical research.

Subramaniam Balasubramaniam, M.D. Anaheim, Calif.

In 2000, Dr. Balasubramaniam took a team of experts from the U.S. to establish an International Training Institute (ITO) of the American Heart Association in Mumbai, India. Thanks to his efforts today there are many ITOs in India, providing standardized training. He then went on to set up the first formal Paramedic Training Program in India at Pune, using c
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