New Faculty Prize Will Recognize Superb Patient Care

David J. Leffell, M.D.

The School of Medicine has announced the creation of the David J. Leffell Prize for Clinical Excellence, an annual award that will be bestowed on the faculty member who best exemplifies clinical expertise, a commitment to teaching, and the highest standards of care and compassion for patients.

The new award is made possible with a $100,000 gift from David J. Leffell, M.D., deputy dean for clinical affairs and director of the Yale Medical Group (YMG), and his wife, Cindy, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Leffell’s graduation from Yale College in 1977.

The prize recipient will be selected by Dean Robert J. Alpern, M.D., based upon the recommendation of a panel of five members of the YMG’s Board of Governors. The panel will solicit nominations for the prize and recommend a recipient who represents the best in clinical medicine and who serves as a role model for faculty peers, residents, fellows, and medical students. The first winner of the prize will be announced in May. The award will include a cash prize and permanent recognition in a Medical School venue.

Comprised of over 800 School of Medicine physicians in more than 100 specialties and subspecialties, and affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital, YMG is one of the largest academic group medical practices in the United States. The continued development of YMG has been one of Alpern’s top priorities since he arrived at Yale in 2004; he named Leffell deputy dean for clinical affairs in 2005.

“David has provided outstanding leadership for YMG. This generous gift from David and Cindy represents another step forward in achieving our vision for Yale to be a clinical center of excellence where patients can expect to be treated by the best physicians in a respectful and patient-centered manner,” Alpern explains. “Winners of this award will represent everything that our clinical practice is about.”

Of his hopes for the new award, Leffell says, “If fostering clinical excellence enhances Yale’s reputation as a clinical destination of choice, it will be well worth it.”

(April 11, 2008)

April 11, 2008