The Duke University School of Medicine has selected Duke Anesthesiology’s Jonathan Mark, MD, as a recipient of the Master Clinician/Teacher Award for 2019. It was established to honor individuals with superlative accomplishment and service in the areas of clinical care and teaching. This award recognizes clinical practitioners who exemplify the highest standards of clinical care, pedagogy, and professionalism or to basic scientists who achieve distinction in pedagogy and professionalism.
“Like many colleagues who have received this award over the past 15 years, including two departmental friends, Drs. Catherine Kuhn and Mark Stafford-Smith, I feel privileged each and every day to take care of patients and mentor the next generation of physicians,” says Mark. “For me, the opportunity to combine doctoring and teaching has been profoundly meaningful and fulfilling, both professionally and personally. The intellectual curiosity and drive to improve care that I see daily in our trainees continues to inspire and motivate me.”
Dr. Edward Buckley, vice dean for education, presenting Dr. Mark his award at the 2019 Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8.
Mark, a professor of anesthesiology and assistant professor in medicine, received this award at the Duke University School of Medicine’s annual Spring Faculty Meeting on May 8 at the Doris Duke Center. He served as the department’s chief of the Veterans Affairs Anesthesiology Service Division from 1992 – 2018; a division in which he grew to become one of the premier VA anesthesiology services in the country. Mark is known for his extensive contributions in cardiovascular anesthesiology, advocacy for patient safety, and vocation for mentoring. His nominators specifically note his dedication to helping trainees prepare for their exams and teaching them about transesophageal echocardiography, a clinical skill that he helped pioneer within the field of anesthesiology. He is described as “the rare ideal of the master educator mixed with clinical mastery;” a “prized possession in regards to medical education and anesthetic knowledge who serves as the mentor to nearly every anesthesiology attending and trainee who steps foot in the Durham VA.”
“To be recognized by my peers at Duke for four decades of work as a clinician and teacher is such a special honor – delicious icing on a wonderful career cake,” adds Mark. “I feel humbled, deeply appreciative, and very fortunate to be a Duke physician.”