Presidential Award winner: Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D.

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Clinical Excellence Award

Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D., professor and residency program director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

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Remarks by Dr. Henrich at the March 6 awards dinner:

“Dr. Crownover is an associate professor of radiation oncology and also the residency director for radiation oncology and a nationally recognized expert in breast radiation. He is the most highly productive clinician in the Department of Radiation Oncology, and, in addition, he is an active clinical investigator. He launched a successful stereotactic body radiotherapy for UT Health which now treats several patients a week. His colleagues say that his dedication to clinical excellence is evident in the meticulous approach he takes to understanding every aspect of each patient’s history. He emphasizes and effectively teaches the importance of a systematic and detailed physical examination in the context of radiation planning. He takes care to formulate his treatment plans within an appropriate socioeconomic context for each patient, which speaks of his ability to view and treat them in a holistic manner. Dr. Crownover makes it a point to keep very current with medical literature not only in his field of radiation oncology, but also with other fields such as neuro-oncology and, sarcoma. His formidable clinical skills have often lead to critical insights that were otherwise missed. I congratulate you, Dr. Crownover, for earning this Presidential Clinical Excellence Award.”

From the nominating letter Chul S., Ha, M.D., FASTRO, CTRC Foundation Distinguished Chair in Radiation Oncology; professor and chair, Radiation Oncology, Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

“Even though Dr. Crownover was recruited to build the breast cancer service, he has also been the main radiation oncology faculty member for sarcoma service. In 2010, he assumed the responsibility as section chief of neuro-oncology and demonstrated great expertise and competency in treating patients with neurological cancer. He built wonderful rapport with neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists in the multidisciplinary setting. What amazes me is not only his absolute competence in what he does, but also his commitment to patients. Richard stays with each patient as long as needed to help the patient feel comfortable and at ease. In addition, he has been very devoted to the residency program and sets an example as a mentor, not only as program director, but also as a very seasoned and knowledgeable clinician.”

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