FOEDUS, the Italian Foundation of Culture and Science, awarded the Supreme Medal of Excellence to oncologist Philip A. Salem, MD, Director Emeritus of Cancer Research at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston and President of the Salem Oncology Center at the Texas Medical Center.
The Foundation Chairman, Mario Baccini, bestowed this highest award from the Foundation upon Dr. Salem in a ceremony in Rome, Italy. In his presentation of the award, Mr. Baccini pointed out not only Dr. Salem’s great skills as a physician and scientist, but also his championing of a world movement to humanize medicine.
Dr. Salem, who has been a doctor for 50 years, has worked with the Italian Consulate General in Houston to help treat more than 500 patients from Italy as well as many other patients from around the world. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Salem said, “I have come to believe that all mankind is my family, that my church is my clinic, and that my prayer is my work.” ■