Ron Hodges


The Ronald D. Hodges Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the cooperative relationship between the sister professions of law and medicine.

Ron Hodges was an attorney who specialized in defending physicians, nurses and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. He was a counselor, in every sense of the word, guiding the physicians and nurses who relied upon him through the personal and painful ordeal of litigation. Though Ron represented health professionals throughout the state, he had a special devotion to the University of Virginia Health System. He spent hours providing curbside consults, speaking to professional groups, and advising administrators, nurses and physicians without ever thinking about billing for his time. The legal and the medical professions lost a great friend and advocate when Ron unexpectedly passed away in 1998 at the age of fifty-three.

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Robert (Bob) P. Boren, CPA

The Trust is proud to announce Robert (Bob) P. Boren, CPA, retired, as the 2021 recipient of the Ronald D. Hodges Award.  Bob graduated from Georgetown College in 1967 and received his CPA in 1970. He worked for Arthur Andersen from 1967 to 1981.  For the next 30 years Bob worked for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in 2011 after serving as the EVP & CFO for the previous 10 years.  In 2011 the Physician Insurance Association of America (now Medical Professional Liability Association) awarded Bob the Peter Sweetland Award of Excellence recognizing his many contributions to the provision of medical professional liability insurance to physicians.  Bob has served as a Director on Piedmont Liability Trust’s Board of Directors since 2011.

Bob has regularly contributed his financial and insurance expertise to discussions in Board and Executive Committee meetings, and he has also regularly provided his insights to management on a wide range of issues from investments to human resources.  In his work Bob has embodied the spirit of the man in whose name this award is bestowed. Ron Hodges was an attorney whose practice was primarily the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice claims.  In all of Bob’s endeavors, personal and professional, he seeks to guide and support others. The guidance and support Bob has given the Trust has contributed greatly to our support of the Trust’s Covered Persons, as was the case with Ron Hodges.