Guam – Lieutenant Governor Michael W. Cruz, M.D., a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), is one of four medical doctors awarded the prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer, Inc Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.
“I want to congratulate the lieutenant governor for receiving such a selective award,” said Governor Camacho. “Through his talent and heart of service, he has represented the helping spirit of our people to others across the world. We’re proud of our lieutenant governor.”
According to an article printed in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, the Board of Governors’ Committee on Socioeconomic Issues received a large number of exceptional nominees to choose from. The four award recipients that were selected by the committee were featured in an ACS article announcing their humanitarian and volunteerism efforts. Lt. Governor Cruz received the Surgical Volunteerism Award for military service.
“I truly appreciate this award and I am humbled to be honored among some of our nation’s most notable doctors for doing what I love to do. My passion for medicine and helping people has taken me many places in the world to help others during some of the most challenging and uncertain times of their lives,” said Lt. Governor Cruz.
The article highlighted the lt. governor’s work with the Ayuda Foundation, a non-profit organization he and former Senator Carlotta Leon Guerrero co-founded in 1995 while serving in the Guam Army National Guard. The foundation’s efforts include projects such as providing medical supplies and care to various underserved islands in Micronesia, the establishment of 12 medical libraries in Pacific Island hospitals equip with computers and internet to aide in the training and education of local medical personnel, assistance during natural disasters, social outreach efforts, and the Wings of Life program that has helped send 300 patients with medical referrals off-island.
In addition to his work with Ayuda, the article featured the lt. governor’s military tours of duty with the National Guard to Iraq, Philippines, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
“Serving as a doctor in war torn countries is probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to do. In the end, it has always been about responding to the call of duty, a duty that so many of our sons and daughters continue to honor today,” said Lt. Gov. Cruz.