Re: Dr. Milton W. Hamolsky honored with the 2013 Human Dignity Award (Oct. 11)


As a major subject of a recent featured article in the Jewish Voice, I wish to express my appreciation for its publication, its origin from Home & Hospice of Rhode Island, and the professional and factual accuracy of its reporting by Ms. Lee Kossin, a freelance writer of Providence.

Regarding the development of the Medical School at Brown University, I feel compelled to acknowledge the many others who made it possible. I would like to remind the careful reader that any human enterprise of such magnitude, as the founding of a new medical school “from scratch” as undertaken by Brown University and a group of eight Rhode Island hospitals requires the collaborative vision and dedicated efforts of several entities and individuals. Included are the following: the Corporation of Brown University, the Board of Trustees of the hospitals, the administrations, the faculties, the political leaders and legislators, the media, RI Medical Society, the RI Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.

The development of a high quality medical program was enabled by the recruited young men and women physician pioneers who gambled their career futures to join the university and the hospitals as full time academicians, dedicated to patient care, education and research, talented medical staffs at the hospitals, medical students, interns, residents and sub-specialty fellows. As a critical collaborative discipline, it was enabled by the concurrent growth of nursing throughout the state. The effort enjoyed widespread support of friends and members of the community. Regarding my role, I feel that I have had the good fortune to share in the beginning and continued development, and the privilege of observing the progressive evolution of “the dream.”

I greatly appreciate the honor bestowed upon me by Home & Hospice of RI with the Human Dignity Award for my contributions to medicine and patient care in the state. I am particularly touched by the recognition of such an extraordinary organization known for its excellence in caring at the most difficult time in peoples’ lives.


Milton Hamolsky M.D., MACP., Professor of Medicine Emeritus,

Brown University