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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2005

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented to
Ralph A. Hicks, M.D.

DAYTON, OHIO--Ralph A. Hicks, M.D., was honored by Wright State School of Medicine's graduating class of 2005 with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award for faculty. He was presented the award during the graduation ceremony on May 27, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. Its goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster healthcare professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity, and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor." This award is presented to those who best demonstrate the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Nominated by students and fellow faculty members, Hicks was chosen for the award because of his willingness to help others, his consistency in demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of health care to patients, and for excellence in professional behavior toward students, fellows, and the community.

A faculty member for more than sixteen years, Hicks is an associate professor of pediatrics and the medical director of child maltreatment, for Children's Medical Center in Dayton.

Hicks graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.S. in Science-Medicine. He holds an M.D., from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and completed his residency training in The Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Residency Program in Kansas City, Missouri, where he also completed a pediatric infectious disease fellowship.