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Alumni News

This page contains alumni news from the past two years. Older news items can be found in the news archive. To submit Mayo Clinic alumni news, email the details to the Alumni Office.

2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Mayo Clinic announced the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors individuals who exemplify Mayo Clinic's ideals and mission. A news release provides details about each honoree.

Recent News

  • Brian K. Brzowski, M.D. (plastic surgery — 1999), was elected president of the Utah State Plastic Surgery Society. Dr. Brzowski owns Brzowski Plastic Surgery.
  • Kamiab Delfanian, M.D. (vascular medicine — 2002), was a guest speaker at the annual conference of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation held at Beckman Laser Institute in Irvine, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2011.
  • Drake D. Duane, M.D. (neurology — 1968), released a DVD, "The Brain and Music: The Musical Mind," in January 2011.
  • John Duffy, M.D. (psychiatry — 1965; child and adolescent psychiatry — 1967), retired from the Joint Commission International.
  • John J. Kelly, M.D. (neurology — 1977), became the inaugural chief of the Department of Neurology at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., on July 1, 2011.
  • Rajiv Kumar, M.D. (endocrinology — 1978), received the 2012 John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine from the American College of Physicians.
  • Frederick W. Hahn Jr., M.D. (ear-nose-throat — 1970), completed his term on the Rotary International board of directors. He is a past president of the Missouri State Medical Association.
  • Paul A. Iaizzo, Ph.D. (pharmacology — 1986), was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering on Feb. 20, 2012.
  • William L. Lanier, M.D. (anesthesiology — 1984), was given the 2011 Teacher of the Year Award by the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care. The award was presented during the organization's 39th annual meeting, which took place Oct. 13-14, 2011, in Chicago.
  • Peter H. Layer, M.D., Ph.D. (gastroenterology research — 1985), became president of the German Society of Gastroenterology.
  • Sheila Muldoon, M.D. (anesthesiology — 1969), was awarded the Carol J. Johns Medal by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
  • Patricia L. Neuman, D.O. (physical medicine and rehabilitation — 2006), became a full-time physician at Unity in Green Bay, Wis.
  • David J. Rea, M.D. (internal medicine—2004; surgery — 2007; transplant surgery — 2009), joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of general surgery, specializing in transplant surgery.
  • Bruce A. Seideman, M.D. (adult reconstruction — 1987), was appointed chief of joint replacement in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y.
  • Peter T. Smyth, M.D. (internal medicine — 1978), retired as a general internist from Glencoe Regional Health Services in Glencoe, Minn.
  • Ali Hendi, M.D. (dermatology — 2004), published "Atlas of Skin Cancers: Practical Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment" in February 2011. Dr. Hendi was also elected treasurer of the Montgomery County Medical Society for the 2011-2013 term.
  • Anthony J. Windebank, M.D. (neurology — 1982), received an honorary doctorate from Paracelsus Medical University in Austria.
  • Bruce Boman, M.D. (internal medicine — 1980; oncology — 1982), was named protocol chair of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project.
  • Burton Feinerman, M.D. (psychiatry — 1957), is president of StemCellRegenMed Inc., a company that uses stem cells to treat people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, brain damage, autism, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes.
  • Dennis Dickson, M.D. (pathology — 1997), was awarded the 2011 Potamkin Prize during the American Academy of Neurology's 63rd Annual Meeting, which took place April 9-16, 2011, in Hawaii.
  • Dieter Kirchheim, M.D. (urology — 1956), was honored in May 2011 by the Western Institutional Review Board of Olympia, Wash. — one of the largest institutional review boards in the world — for 25 years of outstanding service in human subject protection. Dr. Kirchheim has a private urology practice and is also an emeritus clinical associate professor of urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • E. Richard Ensrud, M.D. (internal medicine — 1957), received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement/Legacy Award from Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill.
  • Elamin Elamin, M.D. (critical care medicine — 1995), was promoted to professor of medicine at the University of South Florida and named medical director, Spinal Cord Injury Critical Care, at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
  • Gregory Perez, M.D. (dermatology — 1995), was reappointed as chief of the Department of Dermatology at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Harold Browne, M.D. (surgery — 1953), was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in May 2011.
  • Harold Stein, M.D. (ophthalmology — 1955), was inducted to the Walk of Fame Pathway of Stars by the Scarborough Walk of Fame Association on May 12, 2011.
  • Hugo Tapia, M.D. (nephrology — 1972), received an exemplary practice award in October 2010 from the National Kidney Foundation of Florida at the annual Florida Society of Nephrology meeting.
  • J. Brian Hancock, M.D. (surgery — 1980; internal medicine — 1983), was appointed chief of staff of the Fargo VA Health Care System in Fargo, N.D.
  • James Chan, M.D. (pediatrics — 1967), was selected as the 2011 recipient of the Henry L. Barnett Award, the highest honor that the American Academy of Pediatrics nephrology section bestows for outstanding teaching and clinical care for children with kidney disease.
  • James F. Malec, Ph.D., L.P. (psychiatry — 1984), received the 2011 Robert L. Moody Prize for Distinguished Initiatives in Brain Injury Research and Rehabilitation. Read more.
  • James Gilbaugh Jr., M.D. (urology — 1968), co-authored "Retirement Rx."
  • James Jordan, M.D. (internal medicine — 1969; psychiatry — 1972), received the Community Service Award from the Barbara Schneider Foundation.
  • Jeffrey Cohen, M.D. (peripheral nerve diseases — 1986), was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration's Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee. Dr. Cohen also published "What Would You Do Now? Neuromuscular Disease" (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Kay M. Mitchell, M.D. (internal medicine — 1992), was made a Master of the American College of Physicians in April 2011.
  • Lawrence W. De Santo, M.D. (ear-nose-throat — 1967), emeritus chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, was honored with the American Laryngological Association Award for his "unique and significant contributions" to medicine at the association's annual meeting.
  • Maher Abbas, M.D. (transitional year — 1995; surgery — 2002), was appointed associate editor of "Diseases of Colon & Rectum."
  • Manuel Ramirez, M.D. (ophthalmology — 1999), was elected a member of the Academia Mexicana de Cirugia (Mexican Academy of Surgery).
  • Meredythe McNally, M.D. (internal medicine — 2004; gastroenterology — 2007), received in June 2011 the 2010-2011 Resident's Award for Outstanding Attending Physician from the Department of Medicine at Huron Hospital, part of Cleveland Clinic. This award, which is given to the most influential teaching attending physician over the course of the year, is voted on by the internal medicine residents at Huron Hospital.
  • Michael Taylor, M.D. (radiology — 1996), is CEO of Image Guided Therapeutics Inc. He is also chair of radiology at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and chair of the department of radiology at St. Mary's Medical Center, both in San Francisco.
  • Nabih Abdou, M.D., Ph.D. (allergy — 1967), was named Best Doctor in Kansas City for Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.
  • Nadey Hakim, M.D. (surgery — 1988), was elected honorary secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine in June 2011.
  • Patricia Walker, M.D. (internal medicine — 1984), received a Distinguished Alumni Citation in medicine from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in May 2010.
  • R. Jean Campbell, M.D. (pathology — 1971), was awarded the Zimmerman Medal for outstanding contributions to ophthalmic pathology at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • Randall Roenigk, M.D. (dermatology — 1985), was awarded the Frederic E. Mohs Award, which recognizes the most important contributor to the fields of cutaneous oncology and Mohs surgery. Dr. Roenigk was recognized during an award ceremony at the American College of Mohs Surgery Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on April 29, 2011.
  • Richard Carlson, M.D. (internal medicine — 1973; diagnostic radiology — 1976), received the 2010 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award from the West Metro Medical Foundation, part of the Twin Cities Medical Society. Dr. Carlson was also named the Fairview Southdale Hospital 2010 Physician of the Year.
  • Richard Kirkpatrick, M.D. (internal medicine — 1976), received the 2010 Community Service Award from the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians. This was the second time he's received this award.
  • Suzanne Ildstad, M.D. (medical degree — 1978), was elected secretary of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. Dr. Ildstad was also nominated for a second four-year term on the American Society of Hematology Committee on Government Affairs.
  • Troy Sybert, M.D. (hospital medicine — 2006), was named vice president and chief medical information officer of Wellmont Health System in Kingsport, Tenn.
  • William Burman, M.D. (medical degree — 1985), was promoted to director of the Denver Department of Public Health. Dr. Burman had previously been serving as interim director.
  • William Manger, M.D., Ph.D. (internal medicine — 1955), co-authored "101 Questions and Answers About Hypertension," which was published by Hunter House Publishers in spring 2011.
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