2018 GOLD MEDAL MERITORIOUS SERVICE TO P&S AND ITS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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Brenda Aiken '81

In 2000, after serving as a private practitioner to the Harlem community, and thereafter, as a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, teaching at the Montefiore Hospital Residency Program in Social Medicine, she joined the staff of the Columbia University Student Health Services, where from 2011 to the present she has officiated as Director of the Medical Service for the Morningside Campus. Her record of service to the P&S Alumni Association has included student mentoring, membership in the Committee on Minority Affairs and Campaign for Diversity [which she chaired] and culminated in her tenure as President, 2014-2016. Dr. Aiken continues to serve P&S as a member of the admissions committee. 

 

 

2018 VIRGINIA KNEELAND FRANTZ '22 AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED WOMEN IN MEDICINE

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Elaine Abrams '82 

Elaine Abrams, P&S Class of 1982, has devoted her career to battling the great scourge of our time, HIV/AIDS. A leading investigator in the field of maternal-infant HIV transmission and the natural history of HIV in infants, children and adolescents, for more than three decades she has worked tirelessly to provide comprehensive care and treatment for HIV-infected pregnant women, children and their families. Professor of pediatrics at P&S and professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she serves as senior research director of ICAP, she is responsible for development and implementation of pediatric and perinatal prevention initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. She previously served as co-chair of the clinical guidelines group for WHO 2015 consolidated guidelines for the use of antiretroviral drugs. Grounding her efforts in our own backyard, Dr. Abrams developed a comprehensive research and care program for women and children infected with HIV in Central Harlem. She subsequently applied that experience internationally as director of the MTCT-Plus Initiative, the first multi-country family-focused HIV treatment program to demonstrate successful provision of HIV care and antiretroviral treatment for pregnant women and their families in resource-limited settings in some 21 countries. 

 


2018 P&S GOLD MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MEDICAL RESEARCH

 

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Jeffrey A. Whitsett '73

The Kindervelt Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, Co-Director of the Perinatal Institute, and Chief of the Section of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, in Cincinnati, Jeffrey A. Whitsett, P&S Class of 1973, made a series of groundbreaking contributions in pulmonary medicine and biology in his studies of the surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloning their genes and elucidating their roles in lung development and function. He and his team have been pivotal in making surfactant protein replacement routine in the treatment of immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants. 

 

2018 P&S GOLD MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CLINICAL MEDICINE

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William Lee '67

Professor of Internal Medicine and holder of the Meredith Mosle Chair in Liver Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, William M. Lee ’67 has divided his career between clinical research and outstanding patient care in all forms of hepatitis—causes of inflammation and damage to the liver and cirrhosis. He has been the principal investigator for four clinical networks funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, has mentored generations of students, residents and fellows in clinical and translational research project in the areas of acute liver failure, hepatitis B and C, and drug-induced liver injury, and devoted an inordinate amount of time to teaching and direct patient care in hospitals and clinics for private and public patients. 



2018 P&S GOLD MEDAL TO A GRADUATE IN RECOGNITION OF INTEREST IN AND DEVOTION TO P&S

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Sarah Godfrey '18

Maintaining a sterling academic record at P&S, among other service to her peers and to the medical school community, Sarah Godfrey, Class of 2018, aided her fellow students as a teaching associate in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine physical diagnosis class, and served as Chair of the P&S Student Honor Code Committee and Outreach Coordinator with the Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network, a student-run primary care clinic for individuals suffering from addiction.  

 

 

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