February 2019, Volume XXXII, No 10
Donn Dexter, MD, neurologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, has received the inaugural Donn Dexter Physician Excellence Award from University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for his comprehensive leadership and clinical work to support organ donation. The program decided earlier this year to create a new physician award to recognize high standards in donation support—while the team was creating the award criteria, Dexter’s work was cited as examples of the gold standard, leading to the decision to name the award in his honor. Dexter earned his medical degree at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Macaran Baird, MD, MS, Professor Emeritus and retired department head in the University of Minnesota department of family medicine and community health, has received the 2018 Shotwell Award from the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation, for making significant contributions in the field of health care. Baird began his career practicing in the rural community of Wabasha for five years. He launched his academic career in 1985 by serving as an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, followed by an appointment as professor and chair of the State University of New York Medical School, Syracuse, department of family medicine. He returned to Minnesota in 1996 to serve as associate medical director for HealthPartners, then moved to Mayo Clinic where he served as medical director of Mayo’s health insurance program and professor of family medicine. He then returned to his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, as professor and head, department of family medicine and community health within the Medical School, where he served from 2002 through his retirement in December 2017. In November 2017, he was called on to serve as the interim chief executive officer of University of Minnesota Physicians. During the 12-month assignment, he was a key leader who helped create new institutional partnerships and strengthened key relationships within and beyond the university group practice. He is now retired.
Nancy Guttormson, MD, a surgeon with Fairview Health Services, has received the 2018 First a Physician Award from the Twin Cities Medical Society. The award is given annually to a member who selflessly gives of their time and energy to improve the health of their patients, has made a positive impact on organized medicine and the medical community’s ability to practice quality medicine, and/or has been instrumental in improving the lives of others in the community. Guttormson’s colleagues at Fairview Ridges Hospital recognize her as a highly skilled head and neck endocrine surgeon and breast surgeon, as well as a respected leader and teacher. She is credited with pioneering the thyroid cancer program and helped establish the Breast Center at Fairview Ridges Hospital, as well as a multidisciplinary tumor board. She earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota.