Congratulations to Dr. Michael Belzer for being named the 2015 Harold S. Diehl Award recipient from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Established in 1962, this prestigious lifetime award is granted to individuals who have made outstanding professional contributions to the Medical School, the University, and the community.
The award was presented to Dr. Belzer at the Medical School Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 17 at the University’s McNamara Alumni Center.
Additionally, Dr. Belzer was the recipient of the University of Minnesota Medical School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 and is the only individual to have won both Medical School awards since their initiation.
Since 1990, Dr. Belzer has been Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of Hennepin County Medical Center.
Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society (now known as the Twin Cities Medical Society) that represented over 4000 Metro physicians. Dr. Belzer is on the Executive Committee Board for America’s Essential Hospitals, and was the former Board Chair of Hospice of the Twin Cities and the National Public Health and Hospital Institute. Dr. Belzer is past recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and he won the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University Medical School in 2004.