The Anthony Thomas Jr., MD Memorial Lecture: Empathy and Valuing Every Person
Our friend, Anthony Thomas Jr, MD, died on November 5th on his 74th birthday. Not only was Dr. Thomas a respected infertility expert and honored colleague in the Department of Bioethics, he was also known for his compassion, professionalism, and wisdom. Dr. Thomas was foundationally influential in the development of the Office of Patient Experience and an important contributor to the Center for Spiritual Care. He cared for every person with a deep empathy and was an inspiration to us all.
In memory of Dr. Thomas’s way of valuing every person with whom he came into contact, we have established the Anthony Thomas Jr., MD Memorial Lecture: Empathy and Valuing Every Person. Given Dr. Thomas’s deep commitment to encouraging others to reflect on their roles in healthcare, we will ask for yearly submissions to compete for the honor of giving a lecture related to “Empathy and Valuing Every Person in Healthcare.” Submissions will be encouraged from present and former mentees and colleagues, patients, friends, as well as from employees within Cleveland Clinic.
The first of these lectures will occur on October 8, 2018 from noon to 1pm at Bunts Auditorium on Cleveland Clinic Main campus. Three individuals will be awarded the award and will share their story and wisdom about empathy and caring.
The hope is to have this as a yearly event. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.