Book co-authored by Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom wins national award

April 11, 2016

Gift of Caring book coverA book co-authored by an OHSU School of Medicine faculty member has been chosen for a national Christopher award.

Marcy Cottrell Houle, M.S., and Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine, OHSU School of Medicine, wrote The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare. The book was chosen as an Oregonian "Best Northwest Book of 2015," and is one of several featured volumes by School of Medicine faculty on our website.

Now, it is also one of 12 books for adults and young people by 21 authors and illustrators to be celebrated, along with the screenwriters, producers and directors of nine winning feature films and TV/Cable programs, on May 19 at the 67th annual Christopher Awards in New York.

Dr. Eckstrom, director of geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, was recently featured in The New York Times for her work as a geriatrician. Her clinical practice focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in seniors and in educating all health professionals to be competent in the care of older adults.

Tony Rossi, communications director of The Christophers, described The Gift of Caring as "a heartfelt memoir of a daughter supporting her aging parents through their medical problems and an empowering handbook on navigating the perils of the healthcare system."

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