At an awards ceremony last Thursday, North Carolina Medical Society’s (NCMS) Executive Vice President and CEO Robert W. Seligson received the prestigious Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award for his many contributions over the years to promoting and maintaining public health. He told the audience of public health directors upon accepting the award that it was perhaps the biggest honor he has received — only winning an Oscar for one of his documentary films would mean more to him, he said.
The award recognizes individuals who have been involved in actively promoting public health for at least a decade and have made an enduring contribution to North Carolina’s state and local public health system. Seligson, as CEO of the NCMS for 23 years, has vigorously pursued the NCMS’ longstanding mission of enhancing the health of North Carolinians. He also has volunteered his personal time over the years counseling patients both before and after being diagnosed as HIV when he lived in Florida. Recently, he was in Haiti filming a documentary for a local church. The conditions in Haiti made him even more appreciative of all that public health directors do each day, as well as in times of emergency, to keep the public healthy, he said.