[MMA News Now, April 17, 2014] The Minnesota Psychiatric Society (MPS) has named MMA member Dionne Hart, M.D., as its Psychiatrist of the Year for 2014.
“Dr. Dionne Hart's dedication as a voice for psychiatric education, excellence in patient care and leadership in closing the gap treating minority patients made her our winner,” MPS wrote in a statement on the selection. “Her seemingly endless supply of energy, wisdom and compassion were qualities that made her stand out. Dr. Hart works tirelessly in the trenches, is involved in numerous organizations, and promotes the mission of ending disparity in care.”
| Dionne Hart, M.D.
“I was completely surprised by this honor,” said Hart, a psychiatrist at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester. “I was fortunate to complete my training at Mayo Clinic where the motto is ‘The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered.’”
Hart is the chair of the MMA’s Minority and Cross-Cultural Affairs committee and chair of the AMA's Minority Affairs Section. She also is active with the Zumbro Valley Medical Society as well as MPS.
“I'm a clinician by training and a patient advocate by choice,” Hart said. “I appreciate this award and more importantly I appreciate the opportunity to serve my patients and learn from my colleagues.”
Last November, Hart received the MMA Foundation’s 2013 Minority Affairs Meritorious Service Award.