PeopleAward to Be Presented at Special Dinner October 17 Featuring Harvard Professor and Author Atul Gawande
Award to Be Presented at Special Dinner October 17 Featuring Harvard Professor and Author Atul Gawande
Reno, Nev. (August 17, 2006)—Renown Health Foundation announced today that Theodore B. Berndt, M.D., F.A.C.C., will be the first recipient of the new Arthur J. Lurie M.D. Distinguished Physician Award in recognition of humanitarian medical and community service to northern Nevada.
Dr. Berndt is a board-certified cardiologist in private practice with Reno Heart Physicians. He is the former chief of cardiology at Renown Regional Medical Center and currently serves on the Renown Health board of directors. In addition, he was a founding member of the Renown Health Foundation board. In 1977, Dr. Berndt performed the first cardiac catheterization in Reno and has spent more than 30 years as a cardiologist working to advance study in the field and serve the community. He has been published in “The American Journal of Cardiology,” “American Journal of Medicine” and “American Heart Journal.” His cardiology training was done at Stanford University.
The inaugural award will be presented at the Renown Health Foundation’s annual dinner on October 17, 2006 at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in Reno. The dinner will feature guest speaker Dr. Atul Gawande, professor at Harvard Medical School and author of Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, a 2002 National Book Award finalist. About 800 people representing businesses in the community are expected to attend. Proceeds will benefit children’s services at Renown Regional.
The Arthur J. Lurie M.D. Distinguished Physician Award is named in memory of Arthur J. Lurie, M.D., the first cardiovascular surgeon in northern Nevada whose pioneering efforts paved the way for the accomplished surgery program at Renown Regional and its establishment as a regional leader in cardiac services.
In an effort to provide the best care for his patients, Dr. Lurie devoted himself to the modernization of heart surgery, an endeavor he continued even after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1990. He continued to promote research and the advancement of heart surgery, as well as cancer research, until his death 1996. Dr. Lurie championed the importance of treating not only the disease but the patient, providing hope and encouragement to everyone he treated. He authored dozens of papers, publications and abstracts relating to cardiovascular disease and advancements in heart surgery, and served as clinical associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medical Science.
Dr. Lurie was one of the founding members of the Renown Health Foundation and actively supported efforts to sustain and strengthen the healthcare of this region.
“Dr. Berndt exemplifies all that my husband worked so hard to achieve in his career,” said Cary Lurie, Renown Health Foundation board member. “He demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the advancement of cardiology and to his patients. The community should be proud to have a physician of this caliber serving the region.”
Dr. Berndt’s other interests include an annual cycling trip across Oregon and playing tennis. He is an active member of a book club and has run the Boston Marathon. He is the eighth of ten children and was born in Argentina while his parents were doing mission work there.
For information about the Renown Health Foundation dinner event, please call (775) 982-5545.