August 20, 2010 — Barth A. Green, M.D., professor and chair of neurological surgery, received the Florida Association of Nonprofit Organization’s prestigious Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award last night for his lifetime devotion to humanitarian causes during an award ceremony at the organization’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. Founded 20 years ago, FANO represents Florida’s non-profits.
Dr. Green was honored for leading the massive medical relief effort in Haiti after the devastating January 12 earthquake. He also was lauded for co-founding three organizations that have immeasurably improved countless lives: Project Medishare, which has been improving access to health care in Haiti’s Central Plateau since 1994; The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and Shake-A-Leg Miami, which teaches people with disabilities and disadvantaged children how to sail.
In his introduction, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., talked about Dr. Green’s “selfless commitment to make the world a better place, his dedication to the global community and his incredible contribution to his profession.”
The award program was initiated in 1992 to bring public recognition to individuals who dedicate their lives to humanitarian work. The name of the award was changed in 1999 to the Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award to recognize the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles for his lifetime of community service and leadership.
In a surprise appearance, the governor’s son, Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, presented the award to Dr. Green.
“Lawton Chiles was a friend of mine when I was a young doctor running around the state in helicopters rescuing patients,” Dr. Green said after accepting the award. “He funded all of the wonderful programs that have saved so many thousands of lives. He was an extraordinary human being and I am honored to receive this honor that bears his name.”
Dr. Green also talked about the Miller School’s extraordinary role in the Haiti relief effort. “When the earthquake occurred we had a massive airlift, bringing in thousands of doctors and nurses who were running around saving lives. More than six months later we are joining forces with partners in this country who are helping us show the Haitian people they haven’t been forgotten.”
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