In early 2020, the Dr. Timothy George Trailblazer Award was established in honor of Timothy "Tim" George, M.D., a beloved member of the Dell Med, Dell Children’s Medical Center and Austin communities who died in November 2019.
Today, the Dell Med Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients: Anatoli Berezovsky, M.D.; Juan Valente Resendez, M.D.; and Whitney Williams, M.D.
Berezovsky, Resendez and Williams, all recent graduates of Dell Med, were selected for the award due to their commitment to increasing the representation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in medicine, eliminating inequities in medical education and/or health care and developing and promoting inclusivity in learning/work spaces.
Berezovsky graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for Teach for America in Fort Worth teaching Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement chemistry to high schoolers before matriculating at Dell Med.
During his first year at as a medical student, he led a team of TFA alumni to establish the Dell Med Health Career Academy (now called Health Career Collaborative) at William B. Travis Early College High School, a Title 1 school where 9% of the students are Black and 83% of the students are Latinx. The program launched in 2017, with its first cohort of 10th graders mentored through each year of high school until graduation. A new cohort of sophomores joins annually. The project was recognized by the American Public Health Association.
Berezovsky was also an active volunteer at the C.D. Doyle Clinic and Feed My People Foundation for the Homeless. He starts his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth this summer.
Juan Valente Resendez
Resendez is a native of Laredo. A first-generation college student, he was raised by his Spanish-speaking mother, whose experience with the health care system led him to pursue a career in medicine. Resendez attended UT Austin, graduating with a degree in public health before matriculating at Dell Med.
During his first year, he and his classmate Williams partnered to start a student-run group to increase awareness of existing inequities in health. Making Equity Standard in Health launched in fall 2016 and quickly became one of the most active student groups at Dell Med. MESH has several arms including education, community service, advocacy and mentorship. Resendez also helped launch the Dell Med chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, which was officially recognized at the LMSA national meeting in 2019.
Resendez starts his emergency medicine residency at the University of Southern California this summer.
Williams is a native of upstate New York (Corning) and graduate of Davidson College. Prior to matriculating at Dell Med, she was a co-investigator and research co-coordinator on a project to capture help-seeking experiences of domestic and sexual violence survivors in a trauma-informed manner.
During her first year as a medical student, she and her classmate Resendez founded Making Equity Standard in Health, a student-run group to increase awareness of existing inequities in health. Williams served as MESH co-chair during her first and third years of medical school.
The only African American woman in the inaugural class at Dell Med, Williams sought to create mentorship experiences for other African American students. She served on the Dell Med Culture Council, a group established to develop an inclusive health ecosystem. She helped launch the Dell Med chapter of the Student National Medical Association, which was officially recognized at the SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference in 2019.
Williams starts her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Louisiana State University, New Orleans, next week.
About Tim George
A nationally renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Dell Med, George touched countless lives in his work at Dell Children's.
He was an active member of the Austin Black Physicians Association and was passionate about and committed to the advocacy and mentorship of future medical professionals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine.