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2016 Member Awards

2016 Educator of the Year Award

John E. Woods, MD
Award Presentation Video

“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”  (Proverbs 9:9-10, NIV 2011).

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to Christian healthcare professionals who are exceptionally dedicated to using healthcare education to change the world. These devoted individuals strive to provide the best education to their students, taking time to share their knowledge, integrity and compassion. Undeniably, they are committed to God and living out their faith. It is due to his dedication to educating and inspiring others that the Christian Medical & Dental Associations is proud to present the 2016 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. John Woods.

“I am the son of missionaries. The whole context of my life, however flawed and imperfect, has been as a person of faith.” These words from Dr. Woods share only a small piece of his life story in seeking to follow God and live out his faith. In 1937, John was an 8-year-old boy living with his family in Beijing when the Japanese invaded China. While many missionaries retreated, his father continued to serve as a missionary teaching at a seminary in Beijing. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, the family was confined to the missionary compound for weeks. In 1943, their family was sent to a concentration camp in China for six months. In December 1943, they were exchanged for Japanese prisoners of war and were able to return to the U.S.

Dr. Woods remembers his father’s ministry in Beijing as an impressive introduction to a life dedicated to service, outreach and healing. In 1949, he graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he met and married his wife Janet. He received his medical degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and then he received a PhD in surgical research from the University of Minnesota. It was early in his academic training that the mission field began to call to him. Along with their young children, the couple spent two years in Panama where he completed an internship and residency at Georgas Hospital before heading to Ecuador to serve as a healthcare missionary in a 16-bed hospital in the jungle. It was during this time in Ecuador that he had his first exposure to the discipline of plastic surgery. “A plastic surgeon came down to assist us,” he said, “and I saw what he could do with his little bag of tools. Great changes with small, efficient instruments. At that time I decided I needed more training.” In 1960, they returned to the U.S. so he could seek further education and training, and he became a fellow in general, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 1969, he joined the faculty in plastic surgery and surgery at Mayo Medical School. For the next 24 years, he held many positions at Mayo, including professor of plastic surgery, head of the section of plastic surgery and vice chair of the department of surgery. He was one of the first to perform renal transplant surgery at Mayo, and he is a widely known and respected reconstructive plastic surgeon. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Mayo where he is admired by the entire staff. One of his colleagues said, “What I admire most about John is his persistent commitment to vulnerable people—in the clinic, in our community and around the world. John practices his life under humanitarian principles with an undying commitment to intellectual honesty. He is a role model for all of us who seek to care for our patients as whole people.”

Dr. Woods holds memberships in more than a dozen medical societies, has published 187 articles, 32 book chapters and 36 abstracts, and he has been honored by the Mayo Foundation with both the Distinguished Mayo Clinician and Distinguished Mayo Alumnus awards. He has been a visiting professor at a variety of schools both here in the U.S. and across the world. He has also served as faculty at CMDA’s Continuing Medical and Dental Education conferences in Kenya and Malaysia, in addition to participating in a variety of short-term healthcare mission trips to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Niger, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico and many others. Now that he is retired, John and Janet continue to volunteer their time and talents to enrich the lives of others. Janet is a gifted musician who uses her talents to share her faith. Today, they take time to be together on mission trips to developing countries.

In recognition of a life of godly service and academic achievement, CMDA proudly presents the 2016 Educator of the Year Award to Dr. John Woods.

2016 President’s Heritage Award

John Patrick, MB, BS, MRCP, MD
Award Presentation Video

“The world has great need of those who know what is good, are motivated to defend it and know how to do so." (Augustine College,

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to present the 2016 President’s Heritage Award to Dr. John Patrick. This award is given to individuals whose lives and work support the mission of CMDA.

John received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of London & The Royal College of Physicians in 1963. That same year, he began practicing in internal medicine and gastroenterology as a house physician and surgeon at St. George’s Hospital. In 1965, he earned his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians.

John and Sally Patrick were married in 1966 while both were working in their respective hospitals in London. After they married, Dr. Patrick spent three years as a clinical research fellow in cell physiology before becoming a research fellow in Jamaica working at TMRU, the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit at the University of the West Indies. While there, he conducted extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency.

In 1980, they moved to Ottawa, Canada, where Dr. Patrick began serving as an associate professor of clinical nutrition in the Departments of Biochemistry and Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He continued to serve in that position for the next 22 years, focusing on establishing medical nutrition as a recognized specialty and developing curriculum. He also assisted with the development of appropriate training programs and treatments to help understand and eliminate childhood malnutrition in Central Africa.

In 1997, John was a founding member of Augustine College in Ottawa in response to the growing evidence that the modern university is toxic to the Christian faith. The course focuses on giving students a historical understanding of how Western civilization took shape and was deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian concepts. Nearly 20 years later, Dr. Patrick still continues to teach courses at the college on the interaction between science, medicine and faith. John and Sally are also dedicated to being advocates for those who are unable to plead their own case, particularly the unborn, disabled and severely ill. To help accomplish this, they run the Hippocratic Registry which brings together healthcare professionals and students who share a moral consensus and wish to practice Hippocratic medicine.

After retiring in 2002, Dr. Patrick began lecturing throughout the world for both CMDA and the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada. He is one of CMDA’s most sought-after speakers, addressing both Christian and secular groups. He is able to communicate effectively on moral issues in medicine and culture, as well as the integration of faith and science. John’s influence on the CMDA membership has been far-reaching.

In recognition of his ministry of challenging and transforming our minds, we are pleased to present the 2016 President’s Heritage Award to Dr. John Patrick.

2016 Servant of Christ Award

Bill Rambo, MD, and Lydia Engelhardt, MD
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“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (John 12:26, NIV 2011).

The Christian Medical & Dental Associations is honored to present the 2016 Servant of Christ Award to Drs. Bill Rambo and Lydia Engelhardt. 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. Their journey as servants of Christ carried them to numerous far-reaching locations in countries around the world. As this year’s recipients, their career in healthcare missions has been blended with a remarkable commitment to Christ through service to others. 

Bill was born and raised in India where his parents served as healthcare missionaries for more than 50 years. He has fond memories of helping his dad in the hospital while he was home from boarding school, sometimes holding a flashlight as his father performed cataract surgery. Bill returned to the U.S. to attend Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania and then completed a general surgery residency in Boston, Massachusetts with Harvard’s Fifth Surgical Service. After a research fellowship, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina to join the general surgery faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1965. He was Chief of Surgery at the school’s indigent service hospital and was very active teaching medical students and residents. Bill’s first wife was a South Carolinian, and they had four wonderful children before she passed away.

Lydia grew up outside of Boston, but she had minimal exposure to the Bible until she was in residency training. After graduating from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Lydia attended medical school at Georgetown University, and then did her OB/Gyn residency in Charleston. It was during her third year of residency at the Medical University of South Carolina that she met Bill, who had been widowed the prior year. Lydia loves to say it was truly a match made in heaven, because she was feeling called back to God when she met Bill. She started attending Bill’s home church and found the relationship with her Savior that she had lacked since early childhood.

After completing her Ob/Gyn training, Lydia served for three years with the National Health Service in rural South Carolina, becoming the first ever OB/Gyn to deliver healthcare in that underserved rural county. After that time, she joined a private OB/Gyn practice while Bill continued on faculty at the Medical School, teaching general surgery while serving as Chief of Surgery at the medical school’s indigent hospital. During this time, Bill lectured at six of CMDA’s annual Continuing Medical and Dental Education conference for missionaries, teaching and organizing the general surgery section, both in Kenya and in Malaysia.

In 1999, after much prayer, Bill and Lydia made the decision to leave the practice of medicine in the U.S. behind, in order to begin doing what they describe as “long-term-short-term” healthcare mission work. With World Medical Mission, they’ve made 38 trips, serving in 17 different mission hospitals in 11 countries. They made repeated medical trips to Kibogora Hospital in Rwanda. Later, their daughter Dr. Louise King and her husband Dr. Caleb King answered God’s call to Rwanda as long-term healthcare missionaries. While all this was going on, their family grew up and grew! Their daughter and three sons reached adulthood, got married and have blessed Bill and Lydia with 12 wonderful grandchildren. Four of those grandchildren have grown up in Rwanda with their missionary parents, and they have been joined by an adopted Rwandan orphan.

In their own words as they reflect on their years of service to Christ, they said, “We are overwhelmed by how much we have been blessed by following God’s call overseas. We are so thankful that God provided us the opportunity to work with so many wonderful Christians, so many faithful missionaries of different nationalities and mission boards/denominations and loving and dedicated national staff wherever we went. Our Lord so generously provided us with brothers and sisters in Christ wherever we went, and our paths amazingly have crossed and re-crossed multiple times over the years. When we left our family back home, God provided wonderful Christian families with sweet children to keep us company wherever we served. Our time overseas has truly been a gift from our loving Father God to us.”

In recognition of lives focused on serving God no matter where His call leads them, CMDA proudly presents the 2016 Servant of Christ Award to Drs. Bill Rambo and Lydia Engelhardt.