Charles R. Thomas, Jr., MD, 2016 Doctor-Citizen of the Year

2016 Doctor-Citizen of the Year

Charles R. Thomas, Jr., MDCharles R. Thomas, Jr., MD is the OMA's 2016 Doctor-Citizen of the Year. He received the honor at the association’s 142nd annual meeting on Saturday, April 23. 

This annual award honors a physician who has made outstanding contributions to the community, the practice of medicine, and to health care policy in Oregon.

Dr. Thomas is trained in both medical oncology and radiation oncology, and joined the OHSU faculty in 2005 as professor and chairman of the Department of Radiation Medicine. Under his leadership, OHSU has created strong ties to small community clinics in all corners of the state, helping cancer patients in rural areas receive high-quality care. He also is an outstanding mentor to students and fellow faculty members, and is committed to advancing minority students' educational opportunities.

"Dr. Thomas walked into a radiation oncology private practice at OHSU and turned it into a premier academic department" with an international reputation, says colleague Timur Mitin, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiation medicine OHSU. "His daily motto is 'We are here to serve the people, whatever it takes,'" Dr. Mitin says.

Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, School of Medicine. His two residencies were at Rush University for medical oncology and at the University of Washington for radiation oncology. He is double board certified. He is a member of several professional organizations and has authored over 230 papers, numerous chapters and textbooks.

Past Doctor-Citizen Award recipients:

1957, Archie D. McMurdo, Heppner
1958, De Norval Unthank, Portland
1959, William Willis Holt, Medford
1960, Stanley A. Boyd, Eugene
1961, Samuel L. Diack, Portland
1962, Virgil N. Samms, Eugene
1963, Craig B. Leman, Corvallis
1964, Howard L. Cherry, Portland
1965, Merle Pennington, Sherwood
1966, Morris K. Crothers, Salem
1967, E.G. Chuinard, Portland
1968, Joseph P. Brennan, Pendleton
1969, Alfred J. Kreft, Portland
1970, John G.P. Cleland, Oregon City
1971, Beatrice Rose, Portland
1972, Vern Miller, Salem
1973, Forrest Rieke, Portland
1974, J.Richard Raines, Portland
1975, Louis Feves, Pendleton
1976, Raymond McKeown, North Bend
1977, Cameron C. Bangs, Oregon City
1978, Ralph S. Crawshaw, Portland
1979, David D. Kliewer, Corvallis
1980, Donald M. Jeppesen, Roseburg
1981, Donald E. Poage, Coos Bay
1982, C.H. Hagmeier, Portland
1983, William Zieverink, Portland
1984, Roy W. Skoglund, Roseburg
1985, John R. Tongue, Tualatin
1986, Brandt Bartels, Medford
1987, John R. Hazel, Oregon City
1988, George E. Kabacy, Canby
1989, Warren G. Bishop, Medford
1990, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
1991, Stuart G. Garrett, Bend
1992, Richard Allen, Portland
1993, Terence J. Parr, Lakeview
1995, James Garland, Hillsboro
1996, Richard G. Kincade, Eugene
1997, Martin L. Jones, Eugene
1998, John W. Forsyth, Medford
1999, Byron T. Sagunsky, Klamath Falls
2000, John D. Alsever, Salem
2001, Joanne Jene, Portland
2002, Stanley O. Shepardson, Bend
2003, T. Allen Merritt, Bend
2004, Ronald E. Carver, Bend   
2005, Crittenden Huston, McMinnville       
2006, James K. Lace, Salem
2007, U. Scott Page, Portland
2008, James Frances Calver, Jr, Klamath Falls
2009, David R. Grube, Philomath
2010, William Kohn, Grants Pass
2011, Charles E. Hofmann, Baker City
2012, James "Jim" Shames, Medford
2013, John McAnulty, Portland
2014, William "Bud" Peirce, Salem
2015, Sharon Meieran, Portland

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