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William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics


 Dr. John P. Billig Wins 2016 Nelson Award

Dr. John Billig and Patrick Kelly
Dr. John Billig (L) and MVAHCS Director Patrick J. Kelly, FACHE

Clinical Psychologist John P. Billig, PhD, ABPP, is a Psychology Supervisor at Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS). In his role as Health Care Ethicist and co-chair of the MVAHCS Ethics Consultation Service, he has worked tirelessly as a trainer, coach, and mentor to improve IntegratedEthics and the Ethics Consultation Service at MVAHCS and throughout VISN 23. Dr. Billig is a member of the VISN 23 IE Advisory Board and contributes to the ongoing development of VISN IE leaders. He has presented numerous leadership training sessions, including “Ethics Engagement Activities for Leaders,” focused on educating and supporting leaders on concepts of ethics, fostering transparency, and improving the ethical environment.

Dr. Billig heads the VISN Ethics Consultation Mentoring program, which develops consultative services within VISN 23 and provides training, coaching, and support for all consultative staff. Dr. Billig has assisted in the planning, development, and implementation of the VISN 23 IE Face-to Face Conferences for the past four years. He is involved in efforts to communicate directly to Veterans and their families about ethics resources and information. He was a faculty member of Ethics Consultation Beyond the Basics at the NCEHC in March 2014, November 2015, April 2016, and September 2016, and provides similar training at MVAHCS. Through these efforts and many others, Dr. Billig has demonstrated his long-term commitment to promoting ethical health care practices in VHA. 


Past Nelson Award Recipients

2015 - Molly Osborne, MD, PhD

2014 - Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, DPS 

2013 - Jefferson Rogers, PsyD

2012 - Michael M. Lawson

2011 - Ware Kuschner, MD

2010 - Melissa West, MD

2009 - Sharon Douglas, MD

2008 - Lowell Kronick, MHL, BCC

2007 - Jessica Steckler, MS, RN-BC

2006 - Susan Bowers, MBA

2005 - David Cassarett, MD