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The Timothy Holbrook Memorial Awards of Excellence

On August 9, 1995, the profession of podiatric medicine lost one of its shining stars. At age 34, Timothy J. Holbrook, D.P.M., died and was lost to the profession and the world.

Tim Holbrook embodied the spirit of excellence. He was an excellent student, an excellent resident, an excellent educator, and a devoted friend and colleague. He was a kind and gentle soul.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in nursing from Youngstown State University, Tim entered the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating with the class of 1988. He completed a two-year surgical residency at Riverside Hospital in Toledo, OH, and was in private practice in Ohio before joining the faculty at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines. A strong believer in continuing education, Tim received a Masters of Science degree in health care administration in 1995, and was a Ph.D. candidate in pathology at the time of his death.

As a faculty member at the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Tim sought to inspire students to achieve the highest levels of competence. He encouraged them to be their best by challenging their minds through his teaching and leadership abilities. He was a true optimist, finding a positive aspect to every situation. His patients adored him, as did his friends and colleagues. The consummate professional, Tim worked tirelessly for our profession because he believed that one individual could make a difference.

One of Tim’s contributions to the profession was his participation on the board of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine. Tim was chair of the student liaison committee, and began the process of establishing student chapters at the colleges. This was a role he sought because of his belief that our students are the future of podiatric medicine.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine (currently the American College of Podiatric Medicine) has honored outstanding students for a number of years. At their annual meeting in August 1995, just a few days after Tim’s untimely death, the Board of Directors rededicated these awards in his memory.

These awards are given to students who have demonstrated excellence at each college of podiatric medicine. It is our hope that the students who receive these awards, through their own dedication to their chosen profession, carry on Dr. Holbrook’s legacy of excellence in podiatric medicine.