DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN AWARD RECEIPIENT
DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN AWARD RECEIPIENT
(Previously called Doctor of the Year Award)
In his nominating letter Dr. Groshong states:
“It is a real privilege for me to nominate Patricia (Trish) Blair, MS, MD for Boone County Medical Society Distinguished Physician Award.
Trish is a 1975 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Following graduation, she performed a general surgery internship at New York University, a research fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic and a surgical trauma fellowship at the University of Louisville.
She served as a trauma manger at Kaiser in California developing a trauma program which received national recognition, along with an award from the Governor of California.
Following a devastating earthquake in the Soviet Republic of Georgia, she traveled there to help those people trying to recover from that catastrophe. She not only fell in love with the people of that land but leaving a comfortable and lucrative life in the US, dedicated her life to helping the people of that country.
Trish is the founder and is still the Director of ACTS (A Call to Serve) International. In that role she developed and directed a program to combat childhood goiter in Georgian children by raising funds to provide 500 tons of iodized salt to them until the country was able to build a factory to make the salt themselves. She, along with Dr. Elizabeth James, developed the Georgian (now Ron James) Children’s Diabetic Camp. She along with Dr. John Cowden and some Georgian physicians wrote a policy to allow tissue transplant in Georgia, thus allowing for corneal transplants. Along with several Georgian physicians she wrote the medical ethics policy for that country.
Trish has written and administered millions of dollars of grants to help feed, provide education and medical care for people in Georgia. Most recently, she obtained a $120,000 vocational training grant from Rotary to pay for physicians (most from Boone County) to travel to rural areas to train physicians and nurses how to care for newborn infants. The project: Breathing Life into Georgian Babies” has been a great success, with those who have been trained, now training others.
Trish has developed an international reputation for the relief efforts she has done, for the organizational efforts she has initiated and is a true humanitarian. She has served as an advisor to numerous agencies both in the United States and in Georgia. She has received numerous awards (over 26), frankly too many by far to list.
But I would particularly mention that she has received the Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the University of Missouri School of Medicine, the 2010 Presidential Medal of Honor from Rotary International, the 2006 Presidential Award for Distinguished Service from the International Lions Club, a 2000 White House Millennium Humanitarian Service Award and numerous awards from the government of the Republic of Georgia.
I can think of no one more serving for the BCMS Distinguished Physician Award.
Ted Groshong, M.D.”
From Dr. Blair’s CV we find that that she belongs to 25 professional organizations. She currently serves as an advisor to the Minister of Health for Georgia and the Georgian Parliament Committee for Health Reform. She is the Director for the City of Columbia, Missouri’s Sister City (a partnership between Columbia, Missouri and Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia). Her humanitarian service focuses on the war torn country of Georgia and helping the courageous Georgian people. She reads and speaks English, Georgian and German. She has published 4 books and written 4 book chapters.
The Distinguished Physician Award Committee (comprised of Drs. Jerry Kennett, Jerry Murrell, David Pittman and Kurt Nichols) along with the BCMS board have whole heartedly agreed with Dr. Groshong’s nomination thereby naming
Patricia (Trish) Blair, MS, MD to be the recipient for the BCMS Distinguished Physician Award
Dr. Blair will be honored at our Gala on January 21, 2017 at the Country Club of Missouri.