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Dr. Frederick Grover receives 2019 McGovern award

Frederick Grover, MD 

Professor Emeritus Frederick Grover, MD, who served for 27 years as a faculty member in our department, including 10 years as Chair, has been awarded the 2019 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award by the Houston Academy of Medicine and Harris County Medical Society.

The award, established in 1993, recognizes one physician in the U.S. each year who exemplifies the ideals of "medical excellence, humane and ethical care, commitment to medical humanities and writing, research, and harmony between the academician and medical practitioner" — in short, a “compleat” physician. (The colorfully antiquated spelling of compleat was chosen by Dr. John P. McGovern, the physician and philanthropist for whom the award is named. Dr. McGovern had a keen sense of history and an appreciation for the medical pioneers who had come before him.)

Dr. Grover's record as a surgeon, researcher, and leader is a rich one. He established the lung transplant program at University of Colorado Hospital, drove the development of a national database for thoracic surgery outcomes, and mentored multiple generations of surgeons during his time at the University of Colorado.

For more on Dr. Grover's career, including a video from his retirement celebration, see this related article: Lasting Legacy: Celebrating the career of Dr. Frederick Grover

You can read more about Dr. Grover's recognition with the 2019 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons website or at CU Anschutz Today.