A “medical treasure,” Dr. Girard receives ACP Laureate Award

Donald Girard, M.D., MACP, professor of medicine and senior consultant to the Dean's office, was awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Oregon Chapter's highest honor in November. The Laureate Award honors fellows and masters of the ACP who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, or research, shown in service to their community, their chapter and the ACP.

Dr. Girard's new title, Laureate of the Oregon Chapter, is a symbol of continued excellence and peer approval in the field of internal medicine. In a written description of his career, the chapter characterized Dr. Girard as "a medical treasure for literally generations of physicians in the Northwest; this, of course, includes numerous medical students, housestaff and physicians at OHSU as well as the entire state."

"Dr. Girard is a long-standing and loyal supporter of the College, has rendered distinguished service to the Chapter, and has upheld the high ideals and professional standards for which the College is known," wrote Linda Humphrey, M.D., FACP, governor of the Oregon Chapter. "We salute him and honor him on this occasion, and we wish him well in the future."

Prior to his current role, Dr. Girard served as associate dean for graduate medical education and continuing medical education. He is an active participant in the national effort to develop innovative ways of regionalizing graduate medical education, and holds the J.S. "Dutch" Reinschmidt Professorship for Medical Education.

In 2011, he was appointed an expert advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center – a prominent Washington, D.C. think tank – for the organization's Health Professional Workforce Initiative. His service has also included president of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, Oregon Governor for the ACP, president of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, and member of the executive committee of the Oregon Medical Association. He also chaired the planning committee for the ACP's national annual session and served on a number of task forces for the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2008 he was appointed to the Oregon Medical Board.

Dr. Girard's leadership can be traced back to his internal medicine residency during which he was chief resident at what was then the University of Oregon Medical School, a precursor to OHSU.