Dan Harrington Receives Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Award

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Dan Harrington, M.D., F.A.P.A., tonight was presented with the 2014 Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Award at the Carilion Clinic Foundation’s annual Medicine and Muse dinner benefiting Carilion’s Healing Arts Program. The award is presented to a physician or health care professional who has made a significant impact on the health and well-being of the Roanoke region.

Dr. Harrington came to Roanoke in 1990 to establish Carilion’s first Psychiatry Residency. He held several positions in psychiatric education and served as the Medical Director for Carilion Behavioral Health. He is currently Carilion Clinic’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

During his tenure, Dr. Harrington established an academic department of psychiatry, which has contributed to the careers of numerous psychiatrists, many of whom now work in southwest Virginia.  He helped establish a Mental Health Collaborative to treat underserved patient populations. He also was instrumental in the early development of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he now serves as Professor and Senior Dean for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Harrington is a Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is active in the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, where he serves on the Ethics Committee and the Fellowship nominating committee. He is a past president of the Southwest Virginia Psychiatric Society. He has been married to his wife, Gil, for 29 years and is the father of Alex and Morgan. In response to Morgan’s untimely death in 2009, the Harringtons established a number of projects including the Morgan Dana Harrington Scholarship at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, construction of the Morgan Harrington Educational Wing at OMNI Village in Zambia, Africa, and the establishment of the Help Save the Next Girl foundation to help educate children and young adults about the need for safety and personal responsibility.

“I am grateful to have been chosen to receive the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Award,” Dr. Harrington said.  “Dr. Keeley is legendary in the medical community and I am honored to continue his legacy. His service and kindness to patients and staff are traits we should live each day. Carilion Clinic has chosen a progressive and important way to enhance patient care by incorporating the arts into the patient experience. I am pleased to be a part of of Carilion Clinic and to serve our community.”   

The annual award is named in honor of Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley, a board-certified thoracic surgeon, innovator, community servant and one of the founders of Jefferson Surgical Clinic in 1956.   In 2012, Dr. Keeley became the first recipient of his namesake award, and in 2013 Carilion Clinic established the Dr. Robert L.A. Keeley Healing Arts Program.  For information about donating to the program, contact Kay Strickland at 540-224-5398 or kfstrickland@carilionclinic.org


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