PHOENIX (April 6, 2016) – Longtime Banner University Medical Center Phoenix social worker Charlie Thomas, LCSW, ACSW, is to be honored by the Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) with the Robert W. Whitlock Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be recognized in April 2016 at the NKF Spring Clinical Meetings (CNSW Business Luncheon) in Boston.
This national award is named in honor of Robert W. Whitlock, MSSW, MHA, LCSW, Director of the Missouri Kidney Program (MoKP), a leader in the kidney community, who passed away in 2008. Bob was a dedicated nephrology social worker and an outstanding contributor to research, teaching, and clinical practice in nephrology social work.
“I was fortunate to know Bob before he died,” says Thomas. “He was a passionate advocate for patients, families and dialysis and transplant social workers. I am very honored to receive this award named in his memory.”
Thomas has been employed as a transplant social worker with Banner University Medical Center Phoenix since 1985 and was the Dialysis/Transplant Consultant for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 1998 to 2012. He provides direct services to kidney, pancreas and liver transplant patients as well as living kidney and liver donors. He also provides consultation regarding Chronic Kidney Disease including dialysis, transplantation and organ donation with American Indians.
Thomas currently teaches Social Welfare Policy and Community Practice to graduate and undergraduate social work students at Arizona State University. He has authored many articles and has presented at many national conferences and meetings.
Thomas received his master of social work degrees from ASU in 1980 and his bachelor of arts in 1979 from San Diego State University where he graduated with Distinction in Social Welfare. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Arizona and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).