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2012 Member Awards

2012 Educator of the Year Award
Bruce V. MacFadyen, Jr., MD

Award Presentation Video

“Everyone comes between men’s souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away.” Canon Lindsay Dewar

Dr. Bruce MacFadyen has spent his career as a surgeon and his life as a follower of Christ focused on serving as a bridge to lead others to Christ. This emphasis on influencing and educating the next generation is one of the many reasons the Christian Medical & Dental Associations is proud to present the 2012 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Bruce MacFadyen.

This award is presented to medical and dental professionals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to medical or dental education. They take the time to share their knowledge, compassion and Christ-like character with others. They not only motivate others to academic excellence, they inspire personal and spiritual excellence. Dr. MacFadyen embraces these commitments, and has been a significant contributor to multiple educational roles through the course of his lifetime of service in academic medicine and medical missions.

He graduated from Wheaton College in 1964, and from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in 1968. He completed his residency in General Surgery and started his research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas Hermann and MDAnderson Hospitals, where he began his career teaching the next generation of medical students. He served as Chairman of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia and is transitioning to Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston part time to enable him to spend a large proportion of his time teaching surgery at mission hospitals. His academic career spans more than 40 years, and he has written many articles in surgical journals, edited two surgical textbooks and served as the editor of two surgical journals. He’s also received multiple awards for his teaching excellence in addition to being considered one of America’s top surgeons.

Dr. MacFadyen was born into a Christian home and was exposed to the gospel at an early age, accepting Christ when he was eight years old. As he grew in his faith and studied God’s Word, he realized God was asking him to be totally committed to Him. He didn’t fully understand that concept until he was involved in a car fire in 1981, resulting in second-degree burns on his face and third degree burns on his dominant right hand. They were injuries that could have devastated his career as a surgeon, but instead created a fervent desire to share his faith. “I will never forget that experience,” he said. “I knew in a deep way that my hands belonged to Him.”

Since that time, Dr. MacFadyen has been using his medical skills to further the kingdom through patient relationships, mentoring students and residents and teaching on the mission field. A lifetime member of CMDA, he is a member of the Continuing Education Committee, previously was the surgical dean for the Continuing Medical & Dental Education conferences and served on the MEI Commission for many years. He is also a founding member of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons, serving as chairman of the commission for a number of years. In this role, he helps to develop residency programs in African mission hospitals to address the challenges of healthcare and medical missions in one of the most needy parts of the world.

He continues to play a key role in educating and encouraging faculty, residents and students to use their gifts to serve as a bridge in the service of the Lord through involvement in medical missions. It is in recognition of this service that CMDA proudly presents the 2012 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. Bruce MacFadyen.

2012 Missionary of the Year Award
Bruce M. Dahlman, MD

Award Presentation Video

“There is no greater joy than living a fully surrendered life.” Rev. Jacob Schmidt, Dr. Dahlman’s grandfather

The CMDA Missionary of the Year Award exists to honor outstanding missionary doctors who give countless hours to bring healing and God’s light to those who are suffering. Time, dedication, service, courage and faith have all been involved in the efforts of this year’s recipient to bind up wounds and share the gospel. The missionary we recognize has truly been an instrument of God, and continues to inspire others to develop a heart for missions. It is an honor for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations to present Dr. Bruce Dahlman with the 2012 Missionary of the Year Award.

Working as a rural family doctor and a medical faculty member in the U.S. and serving as a missionary doctor, administrator and teacher in Kenya for the past two decades, Dr. Dahlman is committed to the importance of education, mentoring and discipling both at home and on the mission field. He grew up in Minnesota, was raised in a strong Christian home and learned about missions at an early age. While on a short-term missions trip to Alaska during his undergraduate education, his call to missions was confirmed. He met his future wife Kate while serving at a Christian wilderness camp during summer break from medical school, and they married in 1979. Just 10 months later, they went on their first medical missions trip to Eastern Congo. After seeing the disparity of medical resources care in Africa, Bruce chose family medicine as his specialty. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1981, and completed his family practice residency at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in 1984. During eight years of clinical practice in Minnesota, he mentored medical students and also precepted family medicine residents. Bruce and Kate added to their family during this period, becoming parents to Erik, Ryan and Kaari.

In 1992, Dr. Dahlman transferred his skills in education to an international level when their family answered God’s call to serve at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. He began work in clinical roles, but was named medical director six months later. Since that time, his duties and positions have varied at numerous locations, including providing oversight to teaching units, writing grants, establishing a new ICU, overseeing internships, contributing to relief work efforts as a bush doctor, raising funds for local schools, providing lectures and supervisory efforts to national teaching hospitals, developing curriculum for Kenya’s first family medicine residency program and much more. He was also an integral participant in weekend outreaches among the Maasai that have multiplied into several thousand believers in a dozen churches, as well as a primary school that now serves more than 500 children. As Kate helped develop nursing programs, Bruce served in his leadership roles with energy, vision and a heart for the unreached.

Today, Bruce continues to serve cross-culturally with positions in both the U.S. and Kenya. At the University of Minnesota, he is mentoring immigrant physicians from underrepresented communities. Both Bruce and Kate also serve as AIM International Health Ministries Advisors. He serves as the Development Director for the Institute of Family Medicine, focusing on fundraising and recruiting family medicine educators to assist in East African residency teaching. He remains committed to educating and discipling nationals in East Africa, and envisions increasing collaborations between U.S. and Africa-based family medicine residencies, improving and enhancing available resources and developing a global health fellowship.

In response to learning of his selection for the CMDA Missionary of the Year Award, Dr. Dahlman wrote, “I am deeply humbled at the receipt of this invitation and honor. Our God is opening unprecedented opportunity through sacrificial missionary service to give witness…to the many tribes, peoples and languages who have yet to claim their place to ‘stand before the throne and in front of the lamb.’ Until they do, we have much work yet to do and much prayer to be offered.” In recognition of his devotion to cross-cultural service, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations proudly presents the 2012 Missionary of the Year Award to Dr. Bruce Dahlman.

2012 Servant of Christ Award
Eugene Carroll Stone, MD

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“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord” (Mark 9:35, NIV 1984).

Established in 1972, the Servant of Christ Award honors those whose careers exemplify commitment to medical excellence along with a stalwart faith in Jesus Christ. This year’s recipient blends commitment to Christ and service to others while demonstrating remarkable dedication to excellence in medicine. The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to present Dr. Eugene Carroll Stone with the 2012 Servant of Christ Award. Dr. Stone’s wonderful testimony of faith in Christ is spiced with 56 years of practice experience and wisdom, providing the platform upon which he has influenced his colleagues, his profession and the world around him.

Dr. Stone was born in Memphis, Tennessee, where he began his educational journey leading to Wheaton College where he met Althea, his wife of the past 68 years. After two and a half years at Wheaton, he went to Boston University School of Medicine and graduated in 1946. He took his post graduate medical training in the U.S. Navy where he attended the Navy Deep Sea Diving School and the Submarine School in New London, Connecticut. A year later he qualified as a submarine surgeon, receiving the coveted Dolphin pin. At that time, he was the only junior medical officer to be so designated. During the Korean War he supervised the newly formed Navy Seals in the training and use of scuba gear.

After the war, he began a private practice of general medicine in the Boston suburb of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, with privileges at an elite hospital with more than 300 on the medical staff, many internationally known. Eleven years later, he and Althea both felt God’s call to move south with their five children to Oxford, Mississippi, where he continued private practice. There he served on a medical staff with only 12 doctors. During his tenure in Oxford, he served in many capacities, including chief of medicine for 10 years, director of home health and hospice departments and director of the skilled nursing facility. He also instituted and chaired the ethics committee. In 1996, the Veterans Administration recruited him as the medical director of the newly built VA nursing home in Oxford, which he directed until retiring from active medical practice in 2004.

Dr. Stone became a follower of Jesus at age eight and had several major encounters with the Lord in subsequent years. Wherever he lived, he served churches in many capacities, such as deacon, trustee, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. Ordained as a pastor in 1979 by the Gulf Coast Fellowship of Covenant Churches in Mobile, Alabama, he has pastored the Covenant Church of North Mississippi since then. He was a volunteer chaplain at the Mississippi State Penitentiary for 10 years, one of only two volunteers serving Death Row. He was elected and served as president of the Oxford Ministerial Association for three years.

In 1993, Dr. Stone made his first mission trip to China, subsequently invited by the Chinese government to return. He and fellow team members formed a sponsoring organization, Servants in the Name of Christ, with Dr. Stone as president. Dr. Stone has led 10 teams of medical and dental personnel to the Sichuan province of China to teach Western methods to Chinese professionals. In 2002, he was appointed as one of only three Overseas Directors of the Sichuan Provincial Friendship Committee. Several of the physicians Dr. Stone met in Sichuan have been sent by the Sichuan government to the Oxford hospital for four to six months of training. Local CMDA members mentored these doctors in their same specialties. While in Oxford, Dr. Stone led them to Jesus Christ and baptized each of them before their return to Sichuan. Even though Dr. Stone is no longer able to physically return to China, he maintains continued contact with them.

While he was at Wheaton College, Northwestern medical students introduced Dr. Stone to the Christian Medical Society. There was no local chapter in Boston during Dr. Stone’s years in medical school or during his years of practice in Wellesley Hills, but he did belong to the national society. Dr. Stone established a chapter in Oxford where he serves as president. The chapter is considering the development of a pre-med chapter at Ole Miss.

In recognition of a life focused on being in the presence of Christ, CMDA proudly presents the 2012 Servant of Christ Award to Dr. Carroll Stone.

2012 President’s Heritage Award
Peter E. Dawson, DDS

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“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3, NIV 1984).

“I have been richly blessed by God, and I have a burning desire to do what I can to bring His message to anyone who will listen.” These words from Dr. Pete Dawson reflect the desires and wishes shared by Christians across the world, and it’s a goal we aspire to as an organization. This parallel desire to share Christ with the world is a key reason the Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to award the 2012 President’s Heritage Award to Dr. Pete Dawson.

This award is given to an individual whose life and work support the mission of CMDA. As this year’s recipient, Dr. Dawson holds a prominent position to influence the dental community, and he focuses on using that opportunity for God’s glory. In addition, he has been instrumental in launching CMDA’s Dental Ministries, an outreach to influence dentists to better integrate their faith into their professional and personal lives. Considered by many to be the most well-known name in the field of dentistry, Dr. Dawson’s dental career spans more than 50 years. He graduated from the Emory University School of Dentistry in 1954, and was quickly recognized as a leader in his field with the Thomas P. Hinman Medallion Award for Leadership in Dental Progress in 1964.

He is the founder and director of The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, a teaching center and multidisciplinary think tank in which active clinicians from all dental specialties combine their expertise in a search for better understanding of dental diagnosis and treatment. Since its establishment more than 40 years ago, dentists from around the world have attended Dr. Dawson’s seminars on “The Concept of Complete Dentistry.” He served as professor at several schools, in addition to lecturing throughout the U.S. and around the world at universities, clubs and at major dental meetings. He is the author of Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, the all-time bestselling dental textbook.

Dr. Dawson married his wife Jodie in 1957. They had both been raised in a religiously observant home and raised their four children to follow that same path in the hope of earning their way into heaven. But through Bible studies, both Pete and Jodie came to realize that they had never fully understood the message of the cross. As a result of more than seven years of biblical study and fellowship, his faith and relationship with Jesus grew to become the central theme and purpose of his life.

That new Christ-centered purpose helped him to understand that his position of influence in the dental profession placed him in a unique situation to share his faith with others. Along with friends, he began offering retreats for dentists, boldly and openly proclaiming them to be Christian-oriented. He now incorporates his faith into his work and lectures. He said, “I know I have an audience of dentists who are ripe to hear, and I want to help in whatever way I can…to further the great work already in action at CMDA. I ask for God’s help to make me an effective and humble partner.”

As a result of his continued focus to use his faith to influence the dental community, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations is proud to present Dr. Pete Dawson with the 2012 President’s Heritage Award.