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 is anticipated for Fall of 2018 (slightly delayed from original plan).
The submission process for the lectures will inspire people to reflect on their experiences in healthcare while honoring the memory of our beloved friend. We will continue to work in collaboration with Dr. Thomas’s family to be sure the yearly lecture best captures the essence of the amazing contributions he made to his community.
We invite anyone who was influenced by Dr. Thomas’s kind and generous ways to donate to this memorial lecture to assure that it can be undertaken yearly.
With our deepest thanks,
Paul Ford, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic's Center for Bioethics
Rev. Amy Greene, D.Min, Director of Cleveland Clinic's Department of Spiritual Care