The Harris County Medical Society (HCMS), the professional association for Harris County physicians, and the Houston Academy of Medicine (HAM), the scientific and charitable organization of HCMS physicians, are honoring renowned infectious disease clinician and public health specialist William Schaffner, MD, with the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award.
The John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award is a national award presented annually by HAM to recognize a physician who exemplifies the ideals of Sir. William Osler-medical excellence, humane and ethical care, commitment to medical humanities and writing, research, and harmony between the academic and medical practitioner. The award is named after its first recipient, John P. McGovern, MD, who founded the American Osler Society.
Throughout his career, Dr. Schaffner has embodied the Oslerian ideals of excellence, humanness and, humility. Dr. Schaffner is an infectious disease clinician and public health specialist at Vanderbilt University. He is a gifted teacher who has inspired and mentored professionals in a variety of health care and public health disciplines. His contributions have spanned the spectrum, ranging from creating new infectious disease science, translating the science into progressive health policy, and advocating for the advances with the public. Dr. Schaffner is an inspiration to physicians and everyone who works to advance public health.
Dr. Schaffner is one of the country’s most prominent voices of infectious disease and public health through his practice, teaching, research, and communication. He continues to be an active teacher and investigator. He has touched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and patients. He embodies the remarkable traditions of Sir William Osler and personifies the Compleat Physician.