2002 Connecticut Chapter Laureate Award
The Laureate award honors those Fellows and Masters of the American College of Physicians who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in patient care, education or research, and in service to their community and the College. Recipients of this award shall bear the title Laureate of the Connecticut Chapter. It is with distinct pleasure that this year the Connecticut Chapter presents the Laureate award to Ernest D. Mortiz, MD, FACP. He is a long-standing and loyal supporter of the College, has rendered distinguished service to the chapter, and has upheld the high ideals and professional standards for which the College is known.
We salute and honor him on this occasion and we wish him and his family well in the future.
David N. Podell, MD, FACP
Governor, Connecticut Chapter
The recipient is:
Ernest D. Mortiz, MD, FACP
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Dr. Moritz spent his teen years in the idyllic Bucks County town of Doylestown. His late parents, May and the Reverend Ernest Moritz, were excellent role models and examples of service to others. Following graduation from Brown University, Dr. Moritz attended medical school at the University of Kansas, after which he remained at Kansas University Medical Center for internship and residency. From Kansas City he went to Yale for training in Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care, he then spent two additional years at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute studying pulmonary immunology and interstitial lung disease. In 1982, Dr. Mortiz returned to New Haven to become Section Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. He was Chairman of Medicine from 1986 to 1990 and Interim Chair from 1999 to 2001, Program Director from 1986 to 1998 and is currently Associate Chairman. His work in New Haven has exposed him to medical education across a broad spectrum ranging from first year medical students to subspecialty fellows, with a concentration in medical residents and transitional year trainees. His recent 20th Anniversary at Saint Raphael's allowed him to reflect on the variety of opportunities which have come to him in New Haven and the wonderful teachers, colleagues and friends with whom he has worked and learned. Among his most influential role models have been the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth for their countless examples of compassion, devotion and selflessness.
Dr. Mortiz is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians, and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. His present academic interests include Palliative Medicine, especially as it relates to the practice of contemporary intensive care medicine. Dr. Moritz and his most ardent supporter, his wife, Barbara, live in Orange with their children, Jane and Mike, where he has been active with church work and youth coaching.