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Published on April 19, 2013

Dr. Leither Receives the Caduceus Award

Nephrologist Thomas Leither, M.D., was selected as this year’s recipient of the Caduceus Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit exceptional humanitarian medical efforts locally or around the world.

Dr. Leither is employed at CentraCare Clinic - River Campus and is the 14th medical staff member of St. Cloud Hospital to be honored by his peers with this prestigious award. The Caduceus award will be presented to Dr. Leither at the Caduceus Social Wednesday, April 24.

The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of CentraCare Health Foundation. Established in 2000, the society is open to all members of medical staffs at Central Minnesota hospitals or surgical centers who make a commitment of $10,000 or more to support the mission of improving health and health care in Central Minnesota. The Caduceus Society has 125 members.

“Dr. Leither has brought nephrology and a dialysis program to Central Minnesota giving patients a local, life-saving option that they did not have before he came,” said colleague Scott Davis, M.D., intensivist with CentraCare Clinic - River Campus. “Tom has made the world around him a better place. And he has done so in a way that is marked by kindness, gentleness and humility.”

When Dr. Leither started his career in St. Cloud in 1986, he started CentraCare Kidney Program where he now serves as medical director. CentraCare now offers dialysis in nine Central Minnesota communities. Known for its innovation, the Kidney Program piloted the dyad leadership model of a physician and administrator almost 10 years ago. It began offering nocturnal dialysis in 2012 and hopes to offer a staff-assisted home hemodialysis pilot.

As a member of the CentraCare Health System Quality Improvement Committee, Dr. Leither promotes quality in the organization and advocates for prevention. He believes in using innovation to improve health care for the future.

Dr. Leither’s professional leadership is extensive. He serves on the CentraCare Health System board of directors and is the chair of the CentraCare Clinic board of directors. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology and Renal Physicians Association. He also has published articles in Nephrology Nursing Journal and Archives Of Internal Medicine.

His humanitarian efforts include mission work in Honduras. Dr. Leither is working with the National Kidney Foundation to develop community screenings in the St. Cloud area.

As a board member of the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, he helped to develop the community garden at the CentraCare Health Plaza. He advocates the importance of organic food and gardening for the community. The Central Minnesota Sustainability Project is working on developing an orchard at the Health Plaza to complement the community garden.

The vision of Central Minnesota Sustainability Project is to have every Central Minnesota household utilizing local, sustainably grown, ethically produced food, goods and services in thriving communities. They work to help people find their way back to gardens and nature and to nurture a sense of community through hands-on practical applications of sustainable gardening techniques that intentionally bring together our diverse community.

Dr. Leither is very humble about his accomplishments. “I get much, much more than I give,” he said. Dr. Leither is proud to have raised three sons with his wife, Deanne.

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