Herbert Fred, M.D. (left) receives the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician award from Dr. Arlo Weltge durihg the Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine, Jan. 13.
Herbert Fred, M.D. (left) receives the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award from Arlo Weltge, M.D.

The Harris County Medical Society and the Houston Academy of Medicine named Herbert Fred, M.D., as the winner of the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award.

The annual national award, named after its first recipient John P. McGovern, recognizes the physician who embodies the ideals of Sir William Osler — medical excellence, humane and ethical care, commitment to medical humanities and writing, research, and harmony between the academic and medical practitioner.

A retired professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Fred embodies the Oslerian ideals.  He has made significant contributions to the cardiovascular field, including being one of the members who performed the first cardiac catheterization on two patients with acute pulmonary edema of altitude.

His commitment to excellence in medical care, education and community service resulted in the highest award the American College of Physicians can give, the Laureate Award.

Fred has devoted the majority of his professional career to teaching.  Many of his students have gone on to become leaders in American medicine, including a head of the United States Food and Drug Administration, a medical school chancellor and a president of a health science center.

He was honored for his 50 years of teaching by former students when they founded the Herb Fred Medical Society, Inc.  The nonprofit organization provides donations to Doctors Without Borders and other national emergency efforts including aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the West, Texas explosion.

Past recipients of the John P. McGovern Complete Physician Award include: William Schaffner, M.D. (2016); Allen B. Weisse, M.D. (2015); Samuel L. Katz, M.D. (2014); Walter Pories, M.D., (2013); Richard Wenzel, M.D., (2012); Dev GnanaDev, M.D., (2011); Raymond H. Kaufman, M.D., (2010); Richard O’Reilly, M.D., (2009); Stanley H. Appel, M.D., (2008); Ralph E. Feigin, M.D., (2007); and Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., (2006).