Lourdes bestows the Healing Spirit Award upon physicians who exemplify its mission and core values of compassion, commitment, integrity, excellence and stewardship. This year’s winners are:
Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, MD
Dr. Eduardo Fernandez, a hematologist and oncologist at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, has been in practice for 17 years. His passion is the care of patients with cancer. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He teaches medical students and often has medical residents working alongside him at his office.
In addition to his practice at Lourdes, Dr. Fernandez is the medical director for Compassionate Care Hospice. He has volunteered at many community programs, including screenings for melanoma, colon, breast and prostate cancer. He has lectured on topics such as “Complimentary Approaches to Cancer Care,” “Managing Stress Related to Cancer,” “Cancer and Sexuality,” and “How Weight, Diet and Exercise Affect Cancer Risk.” In addition to his medical roles, Dr. Fernandez has served as a leader in Boy Scouts of America – Burlington County, for the past 14 years.
Dr. Charles P. Lisa, MD, FACC
Dr. Charles Lisa’s long tenure as a cardiologist with Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center began in 1974. Excellence is something that Dr. Lisa has always sought. After graduating from Bishop Eustace Prep as class valedictorian in 1959, the Glassboro native entered Seton Hall University. After graduating from Seton Hall in 1963, he went on to Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating in 1967. Dr. Lisa then went on to perform cardiology fellowships at Indiana University Medical Center and Hahnemann. He was named Teaching Fellow at Hahnemann from 1969 to 1970.
As a major in the United States Air Force, Dr. Lisa served as Chief of Medicine at Dover Air Force Base Hospital for two years. With Dr. Ernest Flegel, Dr. Lisa set up the echocardiography lab in the mid- 1970s and the two collaborated for a series of echo lectures to educate the area’s family physicians about this exciting new technology. During this time, Dr. Lisa was an active member of numerous Lourdes committees, including the Executive Committee, House Staff Committee and Long Range Planning Committee, which he chaired for a year. He gave the annual keynote lecture at Lourdes Rehabilitation Center in 1994.