Reimold selected to receive Watson Award for excellence
By Lisa Ashley Warshaw
Dr. Sharon Reimold, Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is described by her colleagues as a dedicated educator and a talented physician with a commitment to quality and compassionate clinical care.
It is traits such as these that led UT Southwestern to name Dr. Reimold, of the Division of Cardiology, the 2012 recipient of the Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine.
In making their gift to establish the annual award, Dr. and Mrs. Watson sought to create an opportunity for the UT Southwestern community to recognize a faculty physician who has had a profound impact through excellence in clinical care at UTSW.
“Dr. Reimold has demonstrated a sincere commitment to clinical care proving she is an outstanding clinician, educator, administrator, and individual, highly regarded by faculty, fellows, patients, patrons, and patients at UT Southwestern,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern.
In her office at St. Paul University Hospital, Dr. Reimold talks about her patients as if she were speaking of the family whose photos adorn her desk. She speaks earnestly about the relationships she frequently develops with patients and their families, emphasizing that the essence of her practice is built upon good communication, trust, and availability.
Dr. Reimold fondly recalled the case of an Egyptian mother with rheumatic heart disease who traveled from Africa, twice, to seek her expertise in safely delivering two children. As a family-oriented woman, clinician, and educator, stories such as that truly touch Dr. Reimold’s heart.
“You help the baby, the mother, and by virtue of that, you help the rest of the family,” Dr. Reimold says.
She devotes time to each patient and his or her unique needs, considering bedside manner and empathy essential parts of her treatment regime. She translates those characteristics into her teaching style, devoting time to the residents and fellows whom she views as medicine’s next generation of caregivers.
Students and fellows describe her as an educator who consistently goes above and beyond and is creative, innovative, upbeat, and practical.
“There is absolutely no question that she is a clinician of the highest caliber, and the same can certainly be said of her skills as an educator,” said Dr. Joseph Hill, Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, Chief of Cardiology, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Biology. “Indeed, Dr. Reimold has a national reputation for excellence in both clinical activities and education.”
Dr. Reimold says she is honored to receive the Watson Award, but she is reluctant to take credit for the accomplishment.
“This award isn’t mine,” she says. “This award is for the patients who entrust me with helping them live their lives to the fullest. It is for the students who learn to listen to their patients’ needs, observe their individual cases, and deliver the care they deserve – and for the talented team of cardiologists who make this division one of great excellence.”
Dr. Hill holds the James T. Willerson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Diseases and the Frank M. Ryburn Jr. Chair in Heart Research.
Dr. Podolsky holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D., Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science.
Dr. Reimold holds the Gail Griffiths Hill Chair in Cardiology.