Dr. Paul Ambrose, 32, of Washington, D.C., was a senior clinical advisor with the Office of the Surgeon General who worked toward improving health care in his country. He was on board American Airlines flight 77 on his way to Los Angeles for a conference on adolescent obesity when his flight was forced to crash into the Pentagon.
Dr. Paul Ambrose was the second recipient of the AMSA's Lifetime Distinguished Service Award and became AMSA's legislative affairs director in 1995. After graduating from Marshall University School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Ambrose earned a Luther Terry Fellowship.
Many people who knew him personally believed that he was destined to become the next surgeon general.
Everything I've read about Dr. Ambrose indicates that he was destined to achieve greatness on a professional level, but what most people who knew him personally remember him for is the kind of person he was...his kind personality, his passion for helping others, his generosity, his love for people, his love for his country, his smile, his ability to make people laugh, the way he understood people and how people were drawn to him, he was fun, bright, friendly, compassionate, a great leader, a humanitarian, everything he did he did with enthusiasm. What a great man!
After I signed up for the 911 bloggers tribute at 2996, I was eager to get started, so I immediately started working on my assignment gathering background information about the person I was assigned to: Paul Ambrose..........what an amazing young man!
I honestly thought it was going to be an easy task, but after my initial attempts of searching the net, I was overcome with emotion. I had a hard time dealing with my mixed emotions of being sad, angry and happy all at the same time. Sad and angry because of the circumstances which ended his short life, but happy to know that this person actually lived and was able to make a difference in the world and leave a lasting impression on us all.
What could I possibly do or say about this remarkable human being who's life, work and accomplishments continue to be a tribute to humanity even beyond his lifetime?
So what can anyone of us do to remember a man who's light continues to shine brightly all on its own?
The answer is simple: Keep the Paul Ambrose dream alive by supporting others who follow in his foot steps and continue to do good work in his field .
I found out that Dr. Ambrose's parents set up a scholarship in his memory immediately after the tragic loss of their beloved son. They know what their son was most passionate about.........which is working toward improving health care in our country.
So, if you would be willing to make a contribution, checks should be made out to the Marshall University Foundation, and earmarked for the School of Medicine in memory of Dr. Paul Ambrose.
Dr. Paul Ambrose Scholarship
c/o Marshall University Foundation
1600 Medical Center Dr., Huntington, WV, 25701
I recently called Marshall University and talked to several people to confirm that this information is correct.
Rest in peace Dr. Ambrose, we will never forget you.
2007 Paul Ambrose Award For Leadership Among Resident Physicians
The American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) invites you to submit nominations for the 2007 AMA-RFS Paul Ambrose Award for Leadership Among Resident Physicians. The AMA-RFS educates resident and fellows on issues of interest and importance to their lives (work hours reform, GME funding, public health issues, patient care, student debt, and other areas), trains future leaders for organized medicine and gives residents a direct input into the AMA’s policymaking process. The AMA-RFS is the largest resident organization in the country.
Dr. Paul Ambrose, 32, of Washington, D.C., was a senior clinical advisor with the Office of the Surgeon General who worked toward improving health care in his country with a special focus on minorities.
He was on board American Airlines flight 77 on his way to Los Angeles for a conference on adolescent obesity when his flight was forced to crash into the Pentagon.
***A heartfelt thank you to the friendly folks at United in Memory for allowing me to reprint this quilt patch.
Please click on the link above to view their traveling quilt, which is dedicated to all the victims of 9/11.