MAYWOOD, IL - Loyola Medicine kidney specialist Susan Hou, MD, who co-founded a clinic that provides free medical care to indigent people in the Bolivian rain forest, is co-recipient of the 2018 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Excellence in Humanities and Medical Ethics Award.
The other recipient is Dr. Hou's husband, Mark Molitch, MD, who co-founded the Centro Medico Humberto Parra along with Dr. Hou and a Bolivian physician, Douglas Villarroel, MD.
The clinic has cared for more than 50,000 patients. Medical students from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and other centers complete accredited international health rotations at the clinic. Drs. Hou and Molitch pay much of the costs of the clinic themselves, with other funding coming from Loyola and private donations.
The AACE award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary and continuing dedication to upholding the highest principles of medical ethics and standards for the betterment of the public's health.
Dr. Hou is a professor in the division of nephrology at Stritch. Her clinical expertise includes kidney transplantation and kidney disease and pregnancy. In 2002, Dr. Hou altruistically donated a kidney to one of her patients, a mother of two, who suffered kidney failure as a result of polycystic kidney disease.
Dr. Molitch is the Martha Leland Sherwin Professor of Medicine in the endocrinology division at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine