The 10th Annual Suzanne Richmond-Crum Award was presented to John A. Burns School of Medicine physician Dr. Dominic Chow On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, in Honolulu. The Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH) said Dr. Chow was selected for his tremendous contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services in Hawai‘i.
For over 15 years Dr. Chow has dedicated himself to taking care of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. He is an HIV expert at the Hawai‘i Center for AIDS Program, is the Medical Director for the Clint Spencer Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic focusing on the care of individuals infected with HIV and its complications, a primary care provider at the Queen Emma Clinic, and an active board member at the Life Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who are living with HIV and AIDS.
Nicole Valcour, Clinical Nurse Manager at the Clint Spencer Clinic says of Dr. Chow: “Dr. Chow is the very definition of dedication to his patients, showing compassion and care above and beyond what expects of a physician. His personal touch, coupled with a deep and broad understanding of HIV and primary care make him a highly sought after resource both for patients and staff.”
Dr. Chow completed a Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Yale School of Medical School a Masters of Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins. Since 2002, Dr. Chow has been the Associate Program Director, Ambulatory Care in HIV Fellowship Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. He is funded to do research projects by the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 40 research articles. He is a renowned local, national, and international lecturer on HIV.
Dr. Chow is an active participant in the training of medical students and medical residents at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and has served as mentor to other students and junior researchers. He provides HIV expertise through the continuing education of Hawai‘i’s practicing healthcare providers and is committed to the care of HIV-infected patients to ensure they receive optimal therapies. Dr. Chow
is also an outstanding leader in the UH Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency Programs, receiving the University of Hawai’i Pediatric Residency Program Faculty Teaching Award in 2005.
Bruce Shiramizu, MD, Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Hawai‘i Center for AIDS summarizes Dr. Chow’s dedication to the care of those with HIV/AIDS: “His significant accomplishments and outstanding contributions in the area of providing HIV/AIDS care in Hawai‘i has benefited patients, partners, families, organizations, and other professionals throughout the state.”
Suzanne Richmond-Crum passed away in August 2004 after serving as director of the Hawai‘i Seropositivity and Medical Management Program (HSPAMM) of the DOH STD/AIDS Prevention Branch for more than 10 years. The award was established in honor of the competence and compassion she demonstrated in her HIV/AIDS work, and is presented annually to an individual in Hawai‘i for their outstanding contribution in providing HIV/AIDS services.
Main Photograph: Dr. Chow is pictured with Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. Mahalo to the DOH for contributing to this report.