Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards

Honoring Clinical Excellence

The entire UT Southwestern community is invited to join a live celebration honoring the recipients of the fourth annual Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards, including the newest holder of the Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, which remains UT Southwestern’s highest honor in clinical care.

The Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards were established in 2018 to recognize the exceptional contributions of clinical faculty to the care of our patients, to the education of the next generation of health care professionals, and to UT Southwestern overall.

Each of the 2021 award recipients serves as an inspiration to all of us in the delivery of care to our patients and in service to our institution.

2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards Presentation

“The faculty and staff whose daily work fulfills UT Southwestern’s clinical mission have made expertise, a commitment to innovation, and the compassionate delivery of high-quality patient care the hallmarks of the UT Southwestern Health System. Their remarkable service to our patients and the institution helps ensure that we fulfill our promise to deliver the future of medicine, today.”

Daniel K. Podolsky, M.D.

President, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Seven major awards are presented annually to clinical faculty. All UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty and staff may submit a nomination for any of the seven awards. UTSW patients or patient family members may submit a nomination for the Patient and Family Recognition Award. Learn about our Leaders in Clinical Excellence Awards and get to know the past winners.

Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine

The Watson Award is UT Southwestern’s highest honor in clinical care. Established in 2009 through a gift from Dr. William L. Watson Jr. and his wife, Patricia, it provides the opportunity to recognize a UT Southwestern faculty physician who exemplifies excellence in patient care, is a leader in advancing clinical innovations, and has had a profound impact on students, trainees, colleagues, and patients.

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes exceptional early-career clinical faculty whose actions and activities consistently exemplify enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and leadership.

Institutional Service Award

This award honors clinical faculty who consistently share time and expertise in service to internal committees, task forces, and other institutional activities that make a significant impact on the care delivered to UT Southwestern patients.

Mentoring Award

This award celebrates clinicians who demonstrate exceptional commitment and effectiveness as a mentor to health care providers.

Patient and Family Recognition Award

This award honors clinical faculty whose dedication to the compassionate, respectful delivery of exceptional patient care has garnered the highest degree of patient trust and satisfaction.

Program Development Award

This award celebrates the innovation and collaboration that are foundational to the success of UT Southwestern Medical Center. It recognizes a group of clinical faculty and staff who have partnered to create, develop, and sustain an innovative program that significantly advances our ability to improve patient care.

The President’s Award for Diversity and Humanism in Clinical Care

This award honors clinical faculty who exemplify the humanistic spirit of patient-centered medicine, both through clinical excellence and in outstanding compassion in the delivery of care.

See our Past Clinical Excellence Award Winners