On Friday, April 26, Womble Bond Dickinson’s Tom Stukes was honored with the North Carolina Bar Association Health Law Section’s Distinguished Service Award during the NCBA Health Law Section’s Annual Meeting. The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1993 to recognize the accomplishments of an attorney in the area of Health Law generally, and specifically, the Health Law Section of the NCBA.

Christy Gudaitis, Deputy General Counsel for Health Affairs for Duke University, presented the award to Tom and noted his enormous and impactful contributions to the advancement of Health Law in North Carolina. She also described how his influence reverberates through many of our state’s health care systems through his mentorship of countless health care attorneys, including many of those in the attached photo who currently shepherd many of North Carolina’s health systems.

Also joining Tom for the award presentation were Tara Cho, Jon Mize, Greg Chabon, Lee Van Voorhis, and Toni Peck. Also in attendance were WBD Alumni Leighton Roper of Duke University, and Jodi Knox of Cone Health, as well as Robert Carter of Cone Health and McLain Wallace of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Tom is one of North Carolina’s most experienced healthcare transactions and regulatory attorneys, having counseled clients in numerous M&A deals, consolidations and restructurings for medical centers and other health care providers. Tom has helped form some of the largest hospital systems in the state during his nearly 50-year career. Tom also represents academic medical centers as well as other healthcare providers and provider networks throughout the country. His work includes acquisitions, sales, mergers, consolidations, conversions and restructurings of public, nonprofit and for-profit clients.

Tom Stukes holds his awards with members of our Greensboro, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park offices and Christy Gudaitis from Duke University.Tom Stukes speaks after receiving the award.Toni Peck speaks at the meeting.Tom Stukes speaks in front of a powerpoint slide for the North Carolina Bar Association: seeking liberty + justiceTom Stukes receives his awardTom Stukes holds his award with members of our Greensboro, Raleigh, and Research Triangle Park offices and Christy Gudaitis from Duke University.