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Leo Morales, MD, PhD, FACP, director and assistant dean for Quality Improvement/Outcomes Research at the UW School of Medicine, is one of four recipients of the 2021 Grassroots Advocate Award from the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA). Morales received this award for his efforts toward increasing the Latinx physician workforce and his advocacy on behalf of Latinx physicians and physician assistants at the WSMA.

Valley Medical Center’s Professional Satisfaction and Wellness Committee also received the Wellness Award, which recognizes an organization that has worked to put the joy back in medicine for Washington physicians. The committee was honored for its efforts since 2016 to integrate clinician wellness activities across the organization.