(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 healthcare 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