2016 Dr. George E. Miller Patient Safety Award
The OMA presented David N. Gilbert, MD the Dr. George E. Miller Patient Safety Award at the association’s 142nd annual meeting on Saturday, April 23.
The award honors the legacy of George E. Miller, MD, a pediatrician and dedicated advocate for improving patient safety who passed away in 2007. Dr. Miller was appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission when it formed in 2004. Miller served as the Commission’s first board chairman, and he epitomized compassionate care and service to his community.
Dr. Gilbert is chief of the infectious diseases program at Providence Portland Medical Center and a professor of medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He was director of medical education at Providence Portland for more than 35 years. He is senior editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy, as well as the Sanford Guide to HIV/AIDS Therapy, which are updated annually and distributed worldwide.
Dr. Gilbert was nominated by the OMA’s Community Health Committee, which declared that he is a clinician and academician who highly values quality care and ensures that patient protection becomes a priority for every resident he teaches.
"I have always been driven by what is referred to as the multiplier effect," Dr. Gilbert says. "It has not been enough to provide quality patient care to patients. I need to teach, and simultaneously learn, with residents and students, so that the knowledge and experience accrued can be multiplied and disseminated to an ever-greater number of physicians."
Dr. Gilbert, who received his medical degree from, and spent his residency, at OHSU, is a member of numerous professional organizations, including serving as president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
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2011, Philip Parshley, MD
2012, Bob Dannenhoffer, MD
2013, Rick Waller, MD
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