Three physicians to be honored as Tilton Award returns

Tilton. Creative Commons photo.

After a decade-long absence, the Tilton Society’s annual Tilton Award, recognizing medical achievements in the State of Delaware, will return with a gala on Friday, April 28th from 6–9 p.m. in the ballroom of the Tilton Mansion, the University and Whist Club.

This year’s nominees are Dr. Ali Hameli, Pathology-Forensic, Pathology-Anatomical; Dr. G. Dean MacEwen Surgery-Orthopedic, Nemours; and Dr. Nicholas Petrelli – Surgery-Oncological, Surgery-General, Christiana Care.

Nominees were vetted and selected by a panel consisting of board members from the Medical Society of Delaware, the Tilton Preservation Society and the University and Whist Club.

“We are honored to have three such prestigious and accomplished candidates from our state. When people hear each of their stories and achievements, you will know why our selection process for one recipient will be so daunting,” said Tilton Society President, Ed Zabielski.

The physical award itself is a bronze bust of Doctor James Tilton, created by sculptress Olga Nielsen.

The gala will include hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner. Tickets are $120 a person, with a portion of the ticket tax deductible. Tickets are open to the public. For reservations, please contact (302) 658-5125 ext. 107.

Dr. James Tilton was a founder and named the first President of the Medical Society of Delaware in 1789.

Born on a farm in Duck Creek Hundred near Dover, Tilton was a physician, surgeon and ultimately the first Army surgeon general. He served in the Revolutionary War under George Washington.

He was a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s first graduating class in 1768. When he moved to Wilmington, his home at 9th and Broom came with 60 acres of agricultural land.

After the mansion’s recent sale to new owners in August 2016, work got underway to revive the award. “Delaware is the first state, and this house belonged to one of the most recognized historical figures in Delaware’s medical history. It was the ideal time to circle back to Dr. Tilton’s accomplishments by paying it forward and reinstituting our Tilton Award”, stated Stacey Inglis, director of marketing for The University and Whist Club.

The Tilton Mansion Preservation Society was created to support the preservation and repairs of the Tilton Mansion at 9th and Broom Street in Wilmington, Delaware.

In addition to its mission to preserve the physical building, the Tilton Society is committed to the preservation of Dr. Tilton’s medical achievements.

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