Healing Hands Award

     The Healing Hands Award is a recognition of unique actions by individuals to promote the concept of healing, grace, comfort and inspiration to those whom have been struck by disaster, both natural and man-made, by responding to the needs of a neighbor, friend, or stranger, and thus motivating others to greater achievement.

      Through their hands, hard work, and dedication, the recipient of the Healing Hands Award has been an influence to the world around them, making it better and setting an example for others to emulate. Such actions easily come to mind in recipients of the award.

     In 2002, President George W. Bush and New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani were the first to receive the award. These leaders comforted the country's largest city and an entire nation during the still shocking attacks on New York City and Washington, DC on the morning of September 11, 2001.

2018 Healing Hands Award Recipient:

Dr. Swaid N. Swaid, MD

        Dr. Swaid Swaid was born in Eilaboun, Galilee in 1952.  He came to the United States in 1969 to attend Harding University at age 16. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harding University in 1973 at which time he came to Birmingham to attend UAB Medical School. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree Cum Laude from University of Alabama in Birmingham Medical School in 1976. He then moved to San Diego, California where he completed an internship in general surgery. He returned to Birmingham in 1977 and completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School, where he was chief neurosurgical resident.

        Dr. Swaid is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has held numerous positions including Medical Director of CyberKnife of Birmingham, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Brookwood Medical Center, Chief of Neuroscience Division at Brookwood Medical Center, Chairman of the Neuroscience Division at HealthSouth Medical Center, and Medical Director of HealthSouth Medical Center. In January of 2008, Governor Bob Riley re-appointed Dr. Swaid as the Chairman of the Certificate of Need Review Board for the State of Alabama.  He continues to serve on the Certificate of Need Review Board.

        Dr. Swaid maintains a busy, private neurosurgical practice in Birmingham. He specializes in cranial surgery, radiosurgery, treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia, and cervical spine disorders. He has treated patients from all over the world who have sought him out to treat their complex brain and spinal conditions.  Having performed surgery on many physicians across the southeast, Dr. Swaid remains the doctor's choice for neurosurgery.

Other notable Recipients of the esteemed award have been:


2002 - President George W. Bush
2002 - New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
2005 - Mobile Mayor Michael C. Dow
2007 - World War II Hero Major Bert Bank
2008 - Florida State Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden
2010 - Alabama Speaker of the House Seth Hammett
2010 - Alabama Education Association Director Dr. Paul R. Hubbert
2010 - Alabama State Senator Hinton Mitchem
2011 - Navy Seal Team Six Founder Richard Marcinko
2013 - Troy University Director of Bands Emeritus Dr. John M. Long, Sr.