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Highlighting the Heroes: USUHS Grad Up for $25K Award

Our H.E.R.O. Award -Honoring Excellent Resident Observations – was launched to highlight the personal sacrifices and educational commitment during a medical resident’s professional adult life.  We realize, considering the fast moving changes in healthcare,  how courageous medical residents are to embark upon a career in medicine with such an uncertain future.  This award is our way of recognizing that courage.

We wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our nominees individually:

RobertRiceRobert Rice

MD Anderson Cardiothoracic Surgery/Houston, Texas – Houston, TX
Robert had the opportunity to attend the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where he was enlightened to the prospect of surgery during a talk given by Dr. William DeVries about implantation of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart. He then sought out extra opportunities to gain exposure to surgery and participated in multiple research endeavors. Rob was destined for cardiothoracic surgery. He is well matched for the technically demanding requirements of this field of surgery. Additionally, he is perpetually working to hone his skills and knowledge base for the good of the patient. His bedside manner and collegial attitude is well recognized amongst the staff. Rob is an incredible person and an outstanding resident. After nearly 13 years of involvement in CT surgery, I believe Rob ranks in the top 0.1% of his peers and colleagues around the country – bar none. He is collegial, professional, and extremely helpful. He is articulate and very seasoned individual who fits well in any team he participates in. He is a natural leader and always seeks out additional opportunities for leadership and further personal development. All it takes is a brief interaction with Rob and it’s clear you’re dealing with someone special. It is not uncommon that former/current patients stop Robert Rice in the hallway to offer their heartfelt gratitude for all his services. I can personally attest that he is a person of unquestioned trustworthiness, integrity, and honest. Simply being around Rob is a “shot in the arm” for anyone with whom he comes in contact. Rob’s ambition is obvious, complemented by a strong thirst for knowledge, an eagerness to learn, and a tireless work ethic. He is surgeon of the highest order and we need more physicians like him with an unwavering commitment to patient care, teaching, and research. He is an extremely ambitious, always eager to learn and never afraid of working hard. Robert has made several personal and family sacrifices along his path to enter cardiothoracic surgery training. Noteworthy is his commitment to serve in the armed forces and deliver cutting edge care to people who are defending this country. Robert as ascended to the rank of Major in the US Army. He is proud of his ability to have served his country in providing cardiac and thoracic care to America’s heroes. Vote for Robert here. If you know a resident that deserves to be recognized, please nominate your candidate here.