Carnival Memphis Bestows Highest Honor on Ralph S. Hamilton, MD

Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, Ralph S. Hamilton, MD, and Jess Wesberry, MD

Each year, Carnival Memphis recognizes and promotes an industry that has a major economic impact on the Mid-South. For the 25th anniversary of this annual industry salute, Carnival Memphis honored the health care industry and bestowed their highest honor, the Cook Halle Award, on Ralph S. Hamilton, MD, professor of Ophthalmology at the UT Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI), during an awards luncheon at Hilton Memphis.
Dr. Hamilton was selected by the Carnival awards committee in recognition of his dedication to helping patients and educating the next generation of physicians throughout his career, culminating in the creation of the HEI. "This was an outstanding opportunity not only to recognize Dr. Hamilton, but also to tell the story of the institute, which was a vision of his for so long," said the 2011 Carnival Memphis president, Jess Wesberry, MD, himself an outstanding anterior segment surgeon at HEI.
The Cook Halle award recognizes outstanding contributions to industry and community, and in previous years has been awarded to such influential Memphians as Fred Smith, Jack Belz and Isaac Hayes. Other health care industry leaders honored at this year's event included King's Award recipient, Gary S. Shorb, chief executive officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare; President's Award recipient, William H. West, MD, founder of the West Clinic and chairman of the Prevention Group; and Chairman's Award recipient, Kevin T. Foley, MD, director of complex spine surgery at Semmes-Murphey Neurologic & Spine Institute and chairman of the board and medical director of the Medical Education & Research Institute.