Caring About the Community

Rob Delf Honorarium

Requesting Nominations for the Rob Delf Honorary Award

In partnership with the Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon, the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland (MSMP) has created an annual award in honor of the 30 years of service CEO Rob Delf contributed to MSMP.  

MSMP is seeking nominations for the Rob Delf Honorarium Award. The award is given to a person or persons who exemplify the ideals of the Medical Society within the community where members practice. This can be demonstrated by work projects or activities that improve community health or the practice of medicine in arenas including, but not limited to: the practice of medicine; educating new members of the medical community; education the public about health, medicine and health public policy; improving public health and emergency preparedness; advocacy in health public policy; or community activities to health care and policy.

Award recipients will receive $1,000 in recognition for their efforts. The award may be given to members of the medical community, the health education community or the general public.

Previous Rob Delf Honorarium Awards

  • 2013:  James Lindquist, Associate Director of Development of Our House. Awarded $1,000 in recognition for exemplifying the ideals of MSMP by improving health education within the community.

  • 2014:  Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Executive Director of PHAME.  Awarded $1,000 in recognition for education of the public about health and advocacy in health public policy.

  • 2015:  Jim Reuler, MD, Founder of Wallace Medical Concern.  Awarded $1,000 in recognition of outstanding efforts in community activities relating to healthcare.  Dr. Reuler graciously donated his award to the Black United Fund of Oregon, an organization whose mission is to "assist in the social and economic development of Oregon's low-income communities and to contribute to a broader understanding of ethnic and culturally diverse groups".

  • 2016:  Robert Wells, MD.  Awarded $1,000 in recognition of improving the health of the community and practice of medicine.  Dr. Wrlls graciously donated his award to the Kizimani, an organization whose mission is "To work alongside indigenous groups to build strong communities through education, creating economic opportunities and community development."

  • 2017:  Nargess Shadbeh, JD, Director of the Farmworker Program at the Oregon Law Center.  Awarded $1,000 in recognition for her exemplary contributions to improve the health of the community and the practice of medicine.

  • 2018:  Edward Grossenbacher, MD, founder of the nonprofit Hippocrates Oath Oregon Foundation and owner of the Scholar's House. Awarded $1,000 in recognition his humanitarian spirit and for investing in the success and livelihood of future medical professionals. Dr. Grossenbacher helps aspiring providers at Oregon Health & Science University reduce their debt by allowing them to live rent free in a house he owns on Portland’s Marquam Hill.
  • 2019:  Zoe Teton, OHSU Medical Student, founding chair of Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic, a student-run free health clinic for the underserved population in Portland. Awarded $1,000 in recognition for her humanitarian spirit and for investing in the health and well-being of the underserved. The goal of Bridges is to be the first step into the health care system, to address participants needs early and help them establish a more permanent medical home in the community.

  • 2020:  Katie Sharff, MD, with Kaiser Permanente, was recognized for diagnosing and treating the first COVID-19 patient in Oregon. Dr. Sharff represents so many providers who are behind the scenes working tirelessly through this pandemic.

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