School of Medicine Presents Humanism Awards


Mercer University President R. Kirby Godsey has presented local physician Richard Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., with the Faculty Humanism in Medicine Award in recognition of his compassionate and humanistic care of patients.

Elliott, a psychiatrist with Mercer Health Systems, also serves as professor of psychiatry and internal medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine.

“Dr. Elliott has been cited by his students for his dedication to teaching and mentoring, and he is well-regarded for his commitment to treat patients with respect, dignity and integrity,” says School of Medicine Dean Ann C. Jobe, M.D., M.S.N. “His emphasis on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of his patients has had a tremendous impact on his students and colleagues.”

The Student Humanism in Medicine Award was presented to Zane Douglas Harvey, a 2003 graduate of the School of Medicine. “Since entering Medical School, numerous faculty have observed Dr. Harvey’s sincere commitment to treating and caring for people who are either neglected or abused by society,” said Jobe. “He is committed to improving the lives of others.”

Following graduation on May 31, Harvey entered a family practice residency at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Humanism in Medicine Awards are supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.