Congratulations to Dr. Hernando Garzon, MD, Global Health Program Director, the 2016 recipient of California Medical Association’s (CMA) Compassionate Service Award. The award honors a CMA member physician who best illustrates the association’s commitment to community and charity care. For more than 20 years, Dr. Garzon has demonstrated a commitment to disaster response and humanitarian medical relief. It’s a responsibility he takes very personally. He has provided humanitarian relief around the world, including during the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, famine in Somalia and most recently, the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. While Dr. Garzon is obviously deserving of accolades for his humanitarian relief efforts, his colleagues also consider him a wise, courageous and compassionate physician who truly believes in teaching and motivating his patients. He’s been quoted as saying “the more patients participate in their own care, the more they will live a healthy and effective life with whatever illness they have, and the less the illness itself will ‘win’ them over.” Read more about Dr. Garzon and this award /news/detail/?article=sacramento-physician-receives-2016″ target=”_blank”>here.