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.

O. William Smith, Jr.

The Trust is pleased to announce that Mr. O. William “Bill” Smith, Jr. is the recipient of the 2020 Ron Hodges Award for Law & Medicine.  Mr. Smith retired in 2015 after providing 23 years of service to the Trust and to the clinicians of the University of Virginia.  Bill served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Trust throughout his tenure.  His efforts contributed to the Trust bottom line in many ways, but most notably by helping build Trust assets through taking personal responsibility for Trust investments through most of his tenure.  Bill also served as well as the primary office administrator, overseeing everything from office staff and human resources to IT and building and grounds matters. The Trust relied heavily on Bill and his character and integrity were well recognized.  Prior to coming to the Trust, Bill worked as a senior financial analyst for the University of Virginia Health Services Foundation (now UPG) for 10  years, where he also contributed to the clinical practice group.  When work demands allowed Bill was also very active in the local theater community and was well recognized and appreciated for his abilities as an actor.  Everyone who knows Bill respects him, and he was a tremendous asset and credit to the Trust. Bill Smith exemplifies the values and spirit of support we wish to recognize with the Hodges Award.  We congratulate him on this award and thank him once again for his many contributions to the Trust.