Class Acts

Charles N. Mock
Outstanding Public Service Award

DEPARTMENT: Assistant Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology; seven years at the UW.

ACHIEVEMENTS: Mock has spent a large portion of his career focusing on trauma prevention in both America and Third World countries. At the UW he has been crucial to the success of Harborview's Injury Prevention Center, particularly in its analysis of car crashes and trauma. He is also a volunteer surgeon in Ghana, West Africa, where he focuses on prevention of trauma and lifetime disabilities. One of his efforts is to curtail alcohol abuse in professional drivers in Africa and South America. He has led a government-supported screening of taxi, bus and truck drivers as a new way of preventing accidents. Most of this Third World work—including the training, direct patient care and research—has been done with virtually no compensation or other material rewards. In fact, these activities have slowed his career development, as he was willing to give up a position at Brown University to advance health care delivery in these developing nations.

QUOTE: "Mock is one of those rare individuals whose highest priority is for the betterment of his fellow man."—Surgery Professor and Vice Chair Ronald V. Maier

DEGREES: Sc.B., Brown University, 1977; M.D., Brown University, 1980; M.P.H., UW, 1994; Ph.D. UW, 1997.

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