Founder J. Lawton Smith was famous for stirring up folks with the way he phrased things.  He certainly got right to the point but with very catchy and witty phrases.  (see more about the Legend of Lawton here.)


Though Lawton never used the phrase "practicing first class medicine in a spirit of love", this is what he challenged the doctors around him to do at all times.  It is for this reason that the J. Lawton Smith award has been given to a physician who demonstrates this type of attitude and excellence in their practice of medicine.  


To see the physicians who have been honored with this award, please click here.