Gold-Headed Cane Award

 





The Gold-Headed Cane was established to recognize a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. The existence of such an honor should serve as inspiration to the younger doctor and encourage him in his family, social, civic, religious, and professional life to cultivate those essentials of character to secure for him the respect and good will of his colleagues and the profession at large and in addition the high esteem and confidence of the public.

Gold-Headed Cane History 

In England in the 1600s, doctors started wearing wigs and carrying canes. The head of the cane was gold, silver or ivory and contained a cavity in which aromatic substances such as rosemary, camphor, or Marseilles vinegar were carried. The inhalation of these substances was thought to prevent contagion, and they also served the additional purpose of counter-acting offensive odors.

One such cane is a very famous Gold-Headed Cane which during the period of 1689 to 1823 was continuously carried by the most outstanding London practitioners of the times. The widow of the last doctor gave the illustrious cane to the Royal College of Physicians in London where it remains today.     
    
The Gold-Headed Cane Award was begun when, in 1951, the late Dr. Porter Brown presented a beautiful Gold-Headed Cane to Tarrant County Medical Society and revived the ancient tradition. The idea behind this award came from the book, “The Gold-Headed Cane” which was brought to Dr. Brown’s attention by our medical historian, Dr. William Crawford.

The Gold-Headed Cane was established to recognize a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. The existence of such an honor should serve as inspiration to the younger doctor and encourage him in his family, social, civic, religious, and professional life to cultivate those essentials of character to secure for him the respect and good will of his colleagues and the profession at large and in addition the high esteem and confidence of the public.

Each year the Gold-Headed Cane Award shows the warm love, and personal regard, esteem and respect of the physicians for physicians in the Tarrant County Medical Society. To be eligible the physician must have been a member of the Society for 20 years. There are no nominations and no political campaigning for this honor. The recipient is chosen by secret ballot of the membership. The ballots are counted by previous recipients.

The Gold-Headed Cane recipient is described as the Doctor’s Doctor.  A recognition by one’s peers truly is the most satisfying accolade a Society physician can ever receive.
  
 

Recipients of the Gold Headed Cane
2019 Award Winner: M. Ebadat Ali, MD

 
2018 2017 2016 2015
Britton R. West Mary Milam Craig L. Dearden Larry E. Reaves
2014 2013 2012 2011
Bobby Wroten N. Alan Davenport Billie R. Pugh, Jr. Kendra J. Belfi
2010 2009 2008 2007
James H. Bordelon Susan Kelly Blue Robert J. Turner, Jr. Tracy Kobs
2006 2005 2004 2003
Tom Rogers, Jr. Robert W. Sloane Robert S. Capper Charles A. Rush, Jr.
2002 2001 2000 1999
Thomas S. Lipscomb James F. Herd John H. Richards M. Dwain McDonald
1998 1997 1996 1995
John H. Smith Val F. Borum Dick G. Ellis Bohn D. Allen
1994 1993 1992 1991
John M. Richardson G. Douglas Tatum John W. Freese Stephen Eppstein
1990 1989 1988 1987
Thomas L. Shields James O. McBride James D. Murphy W.S. Lorimer, Jr.
1986 1985 1984 1983
Margie B. Peschel Dolphus Compere Robb Rutledge Mal Rumph
1982 1981 1980 1979
Warren Moorman James W. Short O.D. Drue Ware Durwood E. Neal
1978 1977 1976 1975
W.V. Bradshaw, Jr. W. Burgess Sealy Grant F. Begley Frank Cohen
1974 1973 1972 1971
John A. Wiggins Harold Beasley William Crawford Emory Davenport
1970 1969 1968 1967
W.P. Higgins, Jr. John J. Andujar James Hallmark Louis J. Levy
1966 1965 1964 1963
C.S.E. Touzel H.O. Deaton Sim Hulsey W.B. West
1962 1961 1960 1959
T. C. Terrell Joseph McVeigh T.H. Thomason C.P. Hawkins
1958 1957 1956 1955
De Witt Neighbors L.O. Godley Edwin Schwarz Tom Bond
1954 1953 1952 1951
R. G. Baker R.J. White May Owen C.O. Terrell