DAYTON, OHIO-Gregory J. Toussaint, M.D., USAF Colonel Retired, was presented with both the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Teaching Excellence Award by the Boonshoft School of Medicine's Class of 2007. The awards were presented during the graduation ceremony held May 25, at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.
Toussaint is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been a member of Wright State's faculty since 2005, and serves as medical director for inpatient general pediatrics at Children's Medical Center.
He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and an M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia. Toussaint completed a pediatric residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, served as a flight surgeon to the USAF Aerospace Medicine Course at Brooks AFB, Texas, and completed a general academic pediatric fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and presented to a faculty member who consistently demonstrates compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients. The goal of the annual award, presented at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools, is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster healthcare professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity, and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor." This award is presented to those who best demonstrate the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.
The Teaching Excellence award is chosen and presented by the graduating class to the faculty member who displayed outstanding professional skill and pride in discharging his instructional duties.