By Linda Haymes
A former resident in the Department of Surgery recently received the 2020 Chris Hackler Award for Excellence in Medical Ethics.
The University Hospital Medical Ethics Advisory Committee presents the award each academic year to recognize residents, faculty and other employees in the UAMS College of Medicine who have, in their work, demonstrated exemplary attention to ethical issues that affect patient care.
Nicholas Tingquist, M.D., a surgery resident who has since completed his residency and is in a cardiothoracic fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, received the award in the resident category. His award was mailed to him.
“He holds the highest degree of ethics and morals that I have seen in a resident,” wrote Mary Katherine (Katie) Kimbrough, M.D., a physician and assistant professor in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery in the College of Medicine, in her nomination of him. “He always does the right thing for the patient, even when it’s sometimes the hardest thing to do.”