2017 GOLD MEDAL MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO P&S AND ITS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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George M. Lazarus '71

George M. Lazarus, P&S Class of 1971, longtime member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at P&S, has devoted his life to caring for the young, serving patients and mentoring students daily, and in so doing, promulgating the core values of our great medical school. A former director and staunch supporter of the P&S Alumni Association, and of the P&S Club, his service as a longstanding member of the P&S Admissions Committee is legendary. Dr. Lazarus’ annual reception at his home for current and past P&S students interviewed by him is one of the best kept secrets of P&S alumni outreach.


2017 VIRGINIA KNEELAND FRANTZ '22 AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED WOMEN IN MEDICINE

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Yvonne S. Thornton '73

 

Pioneering perinatologist, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York Medical College, and former professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weil Cornell Medical College, Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, P&S Class of 1973, established and developed the program for chorionic villus sampling, CVS, a revolutionary new form of early prenatal diagnostic testing. In 2009 she published the first randomized clinical trial of perinatal outcomes in nutritionally monitored obese pregnant women. She is the author of a medical textbook, Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist, two popular women’s health books, Woman to Woman and Inside Information for Women, and two award-winning memoirs, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, subsequently adapted into a movie, and Something to Prove, the grand prize winner of the 2011 New York Book Festival.

 

2017 P&S GOLD MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

 

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Suzanne Oparil '65

Suzanne Oparil, P&S Class of 1965, and a past president of the American Heart Association, the American Society for Hypertension, and the American Federation for Medical Research, has long been leading the battle against hypertension and heart disease from laboratory and lectern. The author of more than 685 articles, books or book chapters, her early pioneering research at the Massachusetts General Hospital on the role of ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitors led to the development of one of the most important pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of high blood pressure and heart failure.

2017 P&S GOLD MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CLINICAL MEDICINE

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Daniel D. Von Hoff '73

Daniel V. Von Hoff, P&S Class of 1973, distinguished professor and physician-in-chief at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, in Phoenix, and his colleagues in the lab have developed an arsenal of therapeutic agents in the fight against cancer, notably including gemcitabine, the first drug to improve the survival rate and extend the lives of patients with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He has also been a pivotal player in the development of personalized therapy for patients with refractory cancer, applying molecular techniques to profile those cancers. 


2017 P&S GOLD MEDAL TO A GRADUATE IN RECOGNITION OF INTEREST IN AND DEVOTION TO P&S

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Ryan England '17

A former pilot in the U.S. Navy, Ryan England earned his Bachelor of Science degree "With Distinction" in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. At flight training school, he was exposed to flight medicine and aviation physiology, and decided to change course to study the art of medicine. After completing a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Goucher College, he worked as a research technician with Dr. June Wu ’96, in the Vascular Anomalies Laboratory, investigating infantile hemangiomas, and was first author on two publications in The Annals of Plastic Surgery and Stem Cells Translational Medicine. At P&S, Ryan was selected as the sole student representative to the Columbia University Medical Center’s Board of Advisors. He was also a Macy Scholar, focusing on inter-professional teamwork, as well as a member of the P&S Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Leadership Academy. In each of his four years, he was elected as an Alumni Association Representative and served as Human Relations Chair for CoSMO, the student-run clinic for uninsured neighborhood patients. Ryan also served as production editor for the revitalized Columbia Medical Review, and was a graphic designer for the P&S Alumni Office as well as the Wu Family China Center for Health Initiatives. The culmination of his academic and clinical work at P&S resulted in Ryan’s induction into Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, recognizing Ryan’s commitment to compassionate patient care, service, professionalism, and leadership in medicine.

 

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