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Trinity Health Medical Staff Earn High Honors

Date:  May 15th, 2015

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(GRAND FORKS, N.D.) - David A. Billings, MD, an OB-GYN for Trinity Health, who also serves as clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, was honored with the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the school's commencement on May 9.

Also honored were general surgeon Gary Wease, MD, FACS, and nephrologist Nasser Saffarian, MD, who both were selected for the 2015 Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty.

Sponsored by the Gold Foundation, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards are presented each to a graduating student and faculty member at 99 of the nation's medical schools. Recipients are those who best demonstrate the Foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care; respect for patients, their families, and health care colleagues; and clinical excellence.

Dr. Billings was nominated by Kimberly Krohn, MD, MPH, FAAFP, program director of the UND Center for Family Medicine Residency Program in Minot and a graduate of the UND SMHS.

"Dr. Billings has been a teacher for me for most of my professional career and has performed many services for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences," Dr. Krohn said. "He constantly has medical learners, including medical students and residents. He has an extremely large practice and is one of the busiest OB-GYNs in the state," she said. "He has been a fabulous role model for me and many medical learners his entire career in Minot. I was lucky enough to have rotations with him as a resident back in the late 1990s."

A San Francisco, Calif., native, Billings has been a faculty member of the UND SMHS since 1996. He is a 1992 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and completed his residency training at Michigan State University/Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He is a board-certified OB-GYN and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as a member of the North Dakota Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. SPACE index.php