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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2008

Local Pediatrician Honored

Sherman Alter, M.D., presented the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine's Graduation

Sherman Alter, M.D.
Sherman Alter, M.D., receives the humanism in medicine award from Gary LeRoy

Dayton, OHIO-Sherman J. Alter, M.D., was presented with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award for a faculty member by the Class of 2008. The award was given during the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine's graduation ceremony on May 30 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation sponsors the annual Humanism in Medicine Awards at more than 80 of the nation's medical schools. Its goal is to improve doctor/patient relations and foster healthcare professionals who exhibit the highest level of respect, sensitivity and cultural competence for the patients and families they serve, and to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the "caring doctor."

This award is presented to those who best demonstrate the foundation's ideals of outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues, as well as demonstrated clinical excellence.

Nominated by students and fellow faculty members, Alter was chosen for the award because of his willingness to help others, his consistency in demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of health care to patients, and for excellence in professional behavior toward students, fellows and the community.

A faculty member since 1985, Alter is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Wright State and serves as medical director of the infectious disease department at Dayton Children's Medical Center. He holds an M.S. in pre-med from the University of Dayton, and received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his fellowship in internal medicine and infectious disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease. Alter was named to the Best Doctors in America list for 2007-2008.