M. Thomas Stillman, MD, FACP
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Internal Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Dr. Stillman received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He completed his internal medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), and later completed a rheumatology fellowship at the University of Washington while serving in the United States Army. He continued his fellowship training in rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School in Rochester, Minnesota. While practicing at HCMC, he served as Director of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine for 24 years, and has been Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Medicine for the past 15 years.
Dr. Stillman's major research interests have been arthritis therapy and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), renal and gastric toxicity. He has lectured extensively, nationally and internationally on these subjects. He served 7 years on the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee with particular interest in NSAID related renal issues.
In addition to his scientific research, Dr. Stillman has received several clinical teaching awards. He received the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award/Clinical Faculty for 5 consecutive years in 1996-2000 and again in 2004. In 1998 he received the Minnesota Medical Foundation Outstanding Medical School Teacher Award voted on by faculty of the Medical School. In 2005 he received the Lifetime Teaching Award from the Minnesota Medical Foundation as well as the Harold S. Diehl Award given by the University of Minnesota Alumni Society for his outstanding lifetime contribution to medicine in Minnesota. In 2008, he received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, given by the Gold Humanism Foundation in recognition of exemplary compassion, competence, and respect in the field of healthcare. In his role as Undergraduate Medical Education Director, Dr. Stillman has always stressed the importance of the doctor-patient relationship with emphasis on the bedside examination, particularly the art of cardiac auscultation. This has included teaching students, interns, residents, as well as cardiology fellows, leading to his receiving the University of Minnesota Cardiology Fellows' Faculty Teaching Award in 2009. University of Minnesota medical students have honored him by voting him to be Greeter at the commencement ceremony for the past 13 consecutive years.
Dr. Stillman has enjoyed the distinction of teaching 14 generations of fathers and their sons and daughters during his professional career at HCMC.