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Detroit Physician Among 10 Finalists for J.H. Kanter Prize
Date:8/6/2009

education, religion, employment or insurance, according to The Health Legacy Partnership.

"The Kanter Prize recognizes the true calling of medicine--to deliver health care to those in need," said Alan R. Leff, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. "This is both the greatest privilege and highest obligation of a physician. Exceptional individuals who are highly dedicated to this mission in their practice deserve the recognition and admiration of our profession and our society."

Finalists for the J.H. Kanter Prize include:

  • A Catholic sister who began medical school late in life and works to address social factors influencing health. Treats people in the Mississippi Delta region where geographic location limits access to medical care. Has accepted bushels of vegetables in lieu of payment.
  • An Ivy-League educated physician who spent nights as a "street physician" beneath Boston's bridges and subways, offering care targeted to address unique issues of our homeless and providing electronic medical records to facilitate care.
  • A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, one of less than 500 practicing American Indian physicians. Founded a center that works to develop and improve culturally sensitive care systems, allocating scarce healthcare dollars to align with the pressing needs of his community in South Dakota.

"It was indeed fortunate for all of us that the special souls nominated for the Kanter Prize chose the path of healing," said Sheldon Kottle, M.D., prize developer and CEO of Health Legacy Partnership. "These physicians should be highlighted for devoting their best years to minimizing suffering where it should not exist, and allowing all of society to benefit from their devotion."

The top ten finalists for the J.H. Kanter Prize include:

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