Farrell Presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award

November 15, 2010 -- Timothy Farrell, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, was awarded the prestigious H. Fleming Fuller Award at the 11/15/10 meeting of the UNC Health Care Board. The H. Fleming Fuller Award is intended as a permanent memorial to Kinston, N.C., physician H. Fleming Fuller, a founding member of the Board of Directors of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. In establishing the Fuller Award, the Board sought to recognize members of the medical staff who demonstrate the qualities embodied in Dr. Fuller's lifelong dedication to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and community service.

Farrell Presented with H. Fleming Fuller Award click to enlarge PHOTO: Tom Fuldner

The four criteria are:
- Commitment to treating patients with compassion and respect
- Advocate for highest standards of patient care
- Effectiveness as a professional role model
- Civic responsibility

Among his many roles in the Dept. of Surgery, Dr. Farrell serves as Chief of GI Surgery's Minimally Invasive Surgery service, Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, Director of the Advanced GI Surgery Fellowship program, Surgery Clerkship Director, and Chair of the department's Education Committee.

He is recognized by peers as an excellent clinician and patient advocate, a proficient teacher, and a recognized clinical researcher.  Through his humble attitude, calm demeanor, intellectual curiousity about what matters to each individual partient outside of just their illness; solid core values, and personal qualities as a kind human being, his patients enounter more than a good surgeon.  They find a respectful and respected friend to share values with, to trust, to learn from, to listen, and to attend to various avenues of need related to non-surgical as well as surgical matters.