Clinician of the Year Award

This award is given to a clinician who most embodies those aspects of a truly great patient service provider, including technical skill, humanism to patients and families, collaboration with colleagues, and advocacy.

2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 / 2011

2017 Winner

Culver Boldt, MD, Ophthalmology

Culver Boldt is a tireless advocate for his patients, spending countless hours counseling patients and taking on the most complicated referrals. He is meticulous in the operating room, ensuring that he has done his very best for each and every patient. Moreover, he cares for his patients’ overall health, rather than focusing solely on their eyes. Boldt’s patients are often struggling with the uncertainty of ocular malignancy, and he is able to guide them through diagnostic and treatment options in the most caring and compassionate way. He treats patients as if he is treating a family member. While Boldt challenges himself to take the best care of every patient he encounters, he also demands the same of his trainees and is willing to take the time to guide and teach trainees to better help patients. He is a wealth of information but remains unpretentious and approachable.

2016 Winner

David Bender, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

2015 Winner

Abbey Hardy-Fairbanks, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2014 Winner

James Howe, MD
Professor of Surgery

2013 Winner

Rebecca Davis, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

Dr. Rebecca Davis works tirelessly with a wonderful clarity of thought and a directness that is greatly appreciated by her loyal patients. A fierce advocate for her patients, she persistently navigates the medical system for their benefit. She teaches efficiency and experienced wisdom to residents and medical students and still finds time to advance her own medical knowledge. Since joining UI Health Care in 2007, she has applied her considerable experience in private practice, gaining recognition not only from her patients but from colleagues who seek her out for personal care.

2012 Winner

John Fieselmann, MD
Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine

A highly respected clinician who served as director of the Joint Office for Clinical Outreach Services for the past 19 years, Dr. John Fieselmann has been instrumental in expanding clinical outreach and fostering professional relationships across Iowa. 

John Fieselmann

2011 Winner

Richard Smith, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Richard Smith sees about 40 pediatric patients a day, with needs ranging from routine to the most complex. And regardless of the patient's circumstances, he always works to soothe the apprehension of the child and his or her family. Dr. Smith's vast experience and knowledge enable him to provide excellent care efficiently, all the while tending to the needs of the patient and family. 

Richard Smith