Alumni Awards

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Awards Committee   Award of Distinction   Special Achievement Award   Honorary Fellowship

Awards Committee

Chair: Hazel H. Szeto, M.D., Ph.D. '77

R. Ernest Sosa, M.D., R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., M.D. and Spencer H. Kubo, M.D.
Alumni Award of Distinction Dinner honoring R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., M.D. '59
Griffis Faculty Club - May 29, 2013
(left to right: R. Ernest Sosa, M.D. '78, R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., M.D. '59, and
Spencer H. Kubo, M.D. '80)

Award of Distinction

Established in 1949, the annual Award of Distinction recognizes an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in academic medicine, in the areas of education, research, or patient care, and who has brought honor and acclaim to the Medical College. The honoree marches with the Commencement Platform Party and receives a special plaque presented by the Dean during graduation exercises.

The nine member WCMC Alumni Association Awards Committee collects nominations from the membership at large between July 1 and September 30 each year and presents a candidate to the WCMCAA Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed by the WCMCAA President and purposefully remain anonymous with the exception of the Chairman, who is non-voting.

To nominate a candidate for the Award of Distinction, please complete an Award of Distinction Nomination Form and fax it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 212-832-0205. If you have any questions about the Award of Distinction, please contact Clara Cullen in the Office of Alumni Relations at 646-317-7419 or clc2016@med.cornell.edu.

WCMC Alumni Association Award of Distinction Recipients

1949 - William S. McCann, M.D. '15 (*)
1950 - David P. Barr, M.D. '14 (*)
1951 - Connie M. Guion, M.D. '17 (*)
1952 - Niles P. Larsen, M.D. '16 (*)
1953 - William C. Menninger, M.D. '24 (*)
1954 - Samuel Z. Levine, M.D. '20 (*)
1955 - Irving S. Wright, M.D. '26 (*)
1956 - Preston A. Wade, M.D. '25 (*)
1957 - Henry H. Kessler, M.D. '19 (*)
1958 - Paul F. Russell, M.D. '21 (*)
1959 - Ida S. Scudder, M.D. 1899 (*)
1960 - Dean F. Smiley, M.D. '19 (*)
1961 - Irvine H. Page, M.D. '26 (*)
1962 - Paul Reznikoff, M.D. '20 (*)
1963 - May G. Wilson, M.D. '11 (*)
1964 - Milton Helpern, M.D. '26 (*)
1965 - S. Bernard Wortis, M.D. '27 (*)
1966 - Armand J. Quick, M.D. '28 (*)
1967 - Thomas P. Almy, M.D. '39 (*)
1968 - Philip Levine, M.D. '23 (*)
1969 - Alexander D. Langmuir, M.D.'35 (*)
1970 - William D. Holden, M.D. '37 (*)
1971 - Harry Gold, M.D. '22 (*)
1972 - Harriet L. Hardy, M.D. '32 (*)
1973 - Thomas H. Ham, M.D. '31 (*)
1974 - Charles G. Child II, M.D. '34 (*)
1975 - Gustave J. Dammin, M.D. '38 (*)
1976 - David E. Rogers, M.D. '48 (*)
1977 - Alfred E. Maumenee, Jr., M.D. '38 (*)
1978 - Charles A. LeMaistre, M.D. '47
1979 - Edwin D. Kilbourne, M.D. '44 (*)
1980 - W. Clarke Wescoe, M.D. '44 (*)
1981 - Walter F. Riker, Jr., M.D. '43M (*)
1982 - William A. Barnes, M.D. '37 (*)
1983 - Fred Plum, M.D. '47 (*)
1984 - Harry M. Rose, M.D. '32 (*)
1985 - Robert C. Hickey, M.D. '42 (*)
1986 - J. Robert Buchanan, M.D. '54
1987 - Robert J. Haggerty, M.D. '49
1988 - C. Everett Koop, M.D. '41 (*)
1989 - Joseph F. Artusio, M.D. '43M (*)
1990 - George A. Wolf, Jr., M.D. '41 (*)
1991 - Forrest C. Eggleston, M.D. '45
1992 - Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. '66
1993 - John H. Laragh, M.D. '48
1994 - Mary Ann Payne, M.D. '45 (*)
1995 - Roy C. Swan, M.D. '47 (*)
1996 - Carlton C. Hunt, Jr., M.D. '42 (*)
1997 - Gerald David Fischbach, M.D. '65
1998 - Heinz F. Eichenwald, M.D. '50 (*)
1999 - Merlin K. DuVal Jr., M.D. '46 (*)
2000 - Thomas Killip III, M.D. '52
2001 - Albert Z. Kapikian, M.D. '56
2002 - Gerald L. Mandell, M.D. '62
2003 - Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D. '60
2004 - Francis V. Chisari, M.D. '68
2005 - John Allen Clements, M.D. '47
2006 - George H. McCracken, Jr., M.D. '62
2007 - Jay N. Cohn, M.D. '56
2008 - Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. '81
2009 - John Ross, Jr., M.D. '55
2010 - William Schaffner, M.D. '62
2011 - Anne A. Gershon, M.D. '64
2012 - Michael D. Gershon, M.D. '63
2013 - R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., M.D. '59
(*) Deceased

Special Achievement Award

The Special Achievement Award was adopted into the Alumni Association bylaws on October 24, 2008 at the Reunion Weekend biennial business meeting. The Special Achievement Award recognizes alumni with notable achievements in medicine or related fields that significantly advance healthcare and medical science. For example, this award acknowledges "non-traditional" healthcare-related endeavors in areas such as national policy, business and entrepreneurialism, technology, aerospace and engineering, arts and culture, philanthropy, and global and humanitarian aid and development.

The nine member WCMC Alumni Association Awards Committee collects nominations from the membership at large between July 1 and September 30 each year and presents a candidate to the WCMCAA Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed by the WCMCAA President and purposefully remain anonymous with the exception of the Chairman, who is non-voting.

To nominate a candidate for the Special Achievement Award, please complete a Special Achievement Award Nomination Form and fax it to the Office of Alumni Relations at 212-832-0205. If you have any questions about the Special Achievement Award, please contact Clara Cullen at 646-317-7419 or clc2016@med.cornell.edu.

Ira Jacobson
Ira M. Jacobson, M.D.
2008 WCMCAA Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellowship

Since 1970, the WCMC Alumni Association Board of Directors has had the distinct pleasure of annually awarding Honorary Fellowship to two outstanding faculty members whose scholarship, dedication, and leadership have greatly enriched the life of the Medical College, its faculty, and its students. Honorary Fellows are recognized at Reunion Weekend and are invited to participate in all alumni events and activities.

The nine member WCMCAA Awards Committee selects and presents the candidates to the WCMCAA Board of Directors. Committee members are appointed by the WCMCAA President and purposefully remain anonymous with the exception of the Chairman, who is non-voting

WCMC Alumni Association Honorary Fellowship Recipients

1970 - Joseph C. Hinsey, Ph.D. (*)
1971 - Vincent du Vigneaud, Ph.D. (*)
1972 - Robert F. Pitts, Ph.D.
1973 - Dayton J. Edwards, Ph.D.
1974 - E. Hugh Luckey, M.D. (*)
1975 - Jeremiah A. Barondess, M.D.
1976 - Aaron Feder, M.D. (*)
1977 - Carl Muschenheim, M.D. (*)
1978 - R. Gordon Douglas, M.D.C.M. (*)
1979 - Charles L. Christian, M.D.
1980 - Philip D. Wilson, Jr., M.D.
1981 - Ralph L. Engle, Jr., M.D. (*)
1982 - Ralph L. Nachman, M.D.
1983 - Oskar Diethelm, M.D. (*)
1984 - Mary Allen Engle, M.D. (*)
1985 - Robert Michels, M.D.
1986 - Joseph P. Whalen, M.D.
1987 - Maria I. New, M.D.
1988 - D. Jackson Coleman, M.D.
1989 - E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D.
1990 - Fritz F. Fuchs, M.D. (*)
1991 - Jerome J. DeCosse, M.D.(*)
1992 - Peter A. M. Auld, M.D.
1993 - Marcus M. Reidenberg, M.D.
1994 - Jerome B. Posner, M.D.
1995 - Stanley J. Behrman, D.M.D.
1996 - William J. Ledger, M.D.
1997 - David P. Hajjar, Ph.D.
1998 - Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D.
1999 - Harvey Klein, M.D.
2000 - William A. Frosch, M.D.
2001 - Bruce L. Ballard, M.D.
2002 - Warren D. Johnson, Jr., M.D.
2003 - Margaret W. Hilgartner, M.D. (*)
2004 - Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
2005 - Olaf Sparre Andersen, M.D.
2006 - Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.
2007 - Barry J. Hartman, M.D.
2008 - Mark W. Pasmantier, M.D.
2009 - Thomas Caputo, M.D.
2010 - Antonio M. Gotto, Jr, M.D., D.Phil.
2011 - Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.
2012 - Frank A. Chervenak, M.D.
1970 - John E. Deitrick, M.D.
1971 - McKeen Cattell, M.D., Ph.D. (*)
1972 - Walsh McDermott, M.D. (*)
1973 - Frank Glenn, M.D. (*)
1974 - Bronson S. Ray, M.D. (*)
1975 - Joseph N. Nathanson, M.D.C.M. (*)
1976 - John T. Ellis, M.D. (*)
1977 - Victor F. Marshall, M.D. (*)
1978 - Cranston W. Holman, M.D. (*)
1979 - B. H. Kean, M.D. (*)
1980 - Julian R. Rachele, Ph.D. (*)
1981 - Roger L. Greif, M.D.
1982 - G. Thomas Shires, M.D. (*)
1983 - Alexander G. Bearn, M.D. (*)
1984 - Dale R. Corson, Ph.D.
1985 - Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.C.M.
1986 - Erich E. Windhager, M.D.
1987 - David V. Becker, M.D. (*)
1988 - Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, M.D.
1989 - Daniel R. Alonso, M.D.
1990 - Marjorie J. Topkins, M.D.
1991 - Donald G. Johnson, M.D.
1992 - Joseph G. Hayes, M.D.
1993 - Graham G. Hawks, M.D. (*)
1994 - John C. Whitsell II, M.D.
1995 - Stewart G. Wolf, Jr., M.D. (*)
1996 - Kenneth I. Berns, M.D.
1997 - Anne Moore, M.D.
1998 - David B. Skinner, M.D. (*)
1999 - O. Wayne Isom, M.D.
2000 - Carl F. Nathan, M.D.
2001 - Stephen H. Weiss (*)
2002 - James P. Smith, M.D.
2003 - Thomas M. Maack, M.D.
2004 - Bernice S. Grafstein, Ph.D.
2005 - Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
2006 - Roger W. Yurt, M.D.
2007 - Ira M. Jacobson, M.D.
2008 - Richard B. Roberts, M.D.
2009 - Barbara Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.
2010 - Thomas P. Sculco, M.D.
2011 - John J. Savarese, M.D.
2012 - Joan and Sanford I. Weill (Distinguished Fellowship Award)
(*) Deceased

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