School of Medicine presents 2009 Distinguished Faculty Awards

In January, 18 School of Medicine faculty were presented with Distinguished Faculty Awards, which recognize outstanding achievements in clinical care, community service, research and teaching.

“These dedicated and talented individuals have made significant and lasting contributions to the School of Medicine’s renowned tradition of excellence in patient care, education, research and community service,” said Larry J. Shapiro, M.D., executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “Our awardees’ efforts have touched the personal and professional lives of countless patients, families, colleagues and trainees. In the process, they have enriched our academic community and beyond in immeasurable ways.”


The winners are:

Distinguished Clinician Award

  • L. Michael Brunt, M.D., professor of surgery
  • Steven A. Edmundowicz, M.D., professor of medicine
  • Diane F. Merritt, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology
  • Robert J. Rothbaum, M.D., professor of pediatrics
  • Rene Tempelhoff, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and neurological surgery

Distinguished Educator Award

  • Clinical Fellow Mentoring: Gerald Medoff, M.D., emeritus professor of medicine and microbiology
  • Graduate Student Teaching: Carolyn Baum, Ph.D., professor of occupational therapy and neurology and the Elias Michael Director of the Program in Occupational Therapy
  • House Staff Teaching: Eugene H. Rubin, M.D., Ph.D., professor of psychiatry
  • Postdoctoral research mentoring: Andrew C. Health, D. Phil., Spencer T. Olin Professor of Psychiatry

Distinguished Community Service Award

  • F. Sessions Cole, M.D., Park J. White, M.D. Professor of Pediatrics and professor of cell biology and physiology
  • David B. Gray, Ph.D., associate professor of occupational therapy and neurology
  • Abby S. Hollander, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics

Distinguished Investigator Award

  • Maurizio Corbetta, M.D., Normal J. Stupp Professor of Neurology, Radiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Fanxin Long, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and developmental biology
  • Robert P. Mecham, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology and professor of medicine, pediatrics and biomedical engineering
  • Kenneth M. Murphy, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and immunology
  • Joseph H. Steinbach, Ph.D., Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Professor of Anesthesiology

Daniel P. Schuster Award for Distinguished Work in Clinical and Translational Science

  • Michael R. DeBaun, M.D., MPH, Ferring Family Chair in Pediatric Cancer and Related Disorders and professor of pediatrics, biostatistics and neurology