Douglas L. Constant, M.D., an anesthesiology resident at UAB, has been named a 2008 Holt Young Physician Leadership Award-winner by the Southern Medical Association.
The honor is awarded to a senior or chief resident who shows the promise of a future career of outstanding leadership in health care. This award not only recognizes the astute learner, but also the qualities of compassion, servant-hood, honesty and perseverance, as exhibited by true leaders.
Constant is the department’s representative to the American Society of Anesthesiology, and he has been selected to the national Gold Humanism Honor Society for demonstrated clinical excellence, integrity, and exemplary devotion to the service of others. He also is the winner of the Ray J. Defalque Award for excellence in regional anesthesia.
Constant earned his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Gold Scalpel Award in recognition of superior performance as a student of surgery for outstanding traits and qualifications leading to an academic career in surgery.
While a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, he was named freshman class president and while a senior, was one of six students selected by academy administration to be responsible for coordinating all aspects of daily activity for its 4,500 students.
During seven years in the U.S. Navy, Constant was recognized six times for exemplary service in execution of military duties and assignments in both peacetime and combat.