PNWU Members Win Leonard Tow Award

PNWU-COM Faculty Member and Graduating Fourth-Year Medical Student Awarded Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

PNWU-COM Faculty Member and Graduating Fourth-Year Medical Student Awarded Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award


On May 17, 2019, the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM) Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) presented The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, sponsored by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, to Dr. Albert Brady and Victoria Kent (OMS IV, now Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine).

Each year, the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards recognize one graduating fourth-year medical student and one PNWU-affiliated MD or DO faculty member who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues. As part of the the PNWU-COM awards ceremony, Erin Hepner, MPH, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C, GHHS-PNWU co-chapter advisor, presented the awards to the recipients at the PNWU-COM Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony in front of faculty, staff, and, graduating fourth-year medical students.

Dr. Brady attended medical school at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA) before entering Internal Medicine Residency at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). He served two years as a Commander in the Navy at the National Institute of Health. Following his fellowship in Oncology at University of Minnesota, he partnered in private practice in Portland, Oregon for 12 years.

Dr. Brady worked to establish multidisciplinary Oncology Programs. The programs sought to better serve cancer patients by bringing together all physicians involved in the patient’s care to develop a single, cohesive, coordinated plan of care for the patient. This pursuit led him to hospital systems in Denver, Fort Worth, and suburban Detroit. Following the high school graduation of his youngest daughter (of four), he and his wife returned to the Pacific Northwest to be near family. He headed a private practice in hematology/oncology in Yakima from 2005-2015, while continuing his passion for teaching by counseling medical, nursing, and physician assistant students throughout his career.

Dr. Brady is well loved by his students as he goes the extra mile and provides outside clinical reasoning labs, and is always at the center of end-of-life discussions really highlighting the importance of providing humanistic care to his students.

Professional societies include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association and Washington State Medical Society. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Victoria Kent graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Active in the campus community, she was the president of the Family Medicine interest group, assisted the Yakima Health Equity Forum with mini-medical school for elementary students, volunteered for the Pacific Northwest University-COM peer support line, and provided Spanish interpretation at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission Clinic.

Victoria has never wavered from her interest in family medicine, or from advocating for the underserved. She will be starting her family medicine residency this summer in Boise, Idaho.

Victoria is an outstanding example of humanism and clinical excellence in medicine. Her clerkship preceptors frequently commented she was a hard worker that often provided prevention and harm reduction resources for them and their patients, had knowledge beyond her training, as well as naturally empathized and easily built rapport with patients. Further, she was an example of interprofessional collaborative practice with her ease in communicating and working with physicians, nurses, and staff.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards!

To learn more about the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards, click here.

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