Awards And Accolades: University Of Pittsburgh Schools Of The Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements
PITTSBURGH, July 28, 2006 — The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences are often recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has recently been acknowledged with awards and accolades are the following:
- Freddie H. Fu, M.D., professor and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Dr. Fu will serve as vice president this year, president-elect in 2007, and will be installed as president in July 2008. The AOSSM has a membership of more than 2,000 national and international leaders in sports medicine and focuses largely on research and education to improve patient care, physician knowledge and the overall quality of life for millions of people around the world. Dr. Fu is known worldwide for his pioneering surgical techniques to treat sports-related injuries to the knee and shoulder and his extensive scientific and clinical research in the biomechanics of such injuries.
- The Pennsylvania Dental Association presented its 2006 Recognition Award to Dennis N. Ranalli, D.D.S., M.D.S., professor of pediatric dentistry and senior associate dean at the School of Dental Medicine, for his dedication to improving pediatric dentistry, leadership in academia and distinguished work in a number of dental organizations. Dr. Ranalli has been the president of three national organizations and is an elected fellow of several societies. Dr. Ranalli was honored for his involvement with the Pennsylvania Dental Association’s Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness (PANDA) coalition and for his dedication to increasing access to care for special-needs patients, in addition to his contributions to dental education. He has published numerous scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters and is a sought-after lecturer on pediatric dentistry and sports dentistry.
- Willa M. Doswell, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., associate professor in the department of health promotion and development at the School of Nursing, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Nursing Science: Children and Families Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. As a member of the study section, Dr. Doswell, who will serve a four-year term, may review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on those applications and conduct general reviews on the status of research in the section’s field of specialty. She was selected based on NIH criteria that included the quality of her research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.
- Judy Erlen, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., and Ellen Olshansky, D.N.Sc., R.N.C., F.A.A.N., also of the School of Nursing, have been elected as officers for the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS). Dr. Erlen, professor in the department of health promotion and development and associate director of the Center for Research in Chronic Disorders, was chosen as president-elect, and Dr. Olshansky, professor and chair in the department of health and community systems, was elected as treasurer. ENRS is the research arm of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nursing Association and the New England Organization for Nursing. The region encompassed by ENRS includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington, D.C.
- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation selected Kim C. Coley, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy, to serve on the selection panel for the Foundation’s 2005 Literature Awards Program, specifically for the Pharmacy Practice Research Award. This is the fourth year Dr. Coley has been chosen to serve on a Literature Awards Program panel.
The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the Graduate School of Public Health. The schools serve as the academic partner to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Together, their combined mission is to train tomorrow’s health care specialists and biomedical scientists, engage in groundbreaking research that will advance understanding of the causes and treatments of disease, and participate in the delivery of outstanding patient care. For fiscal year 2005, Pitt and its institutional affiliates ranked 7th nationally among educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to preliminary data.
For more information about these awards or the Schools of the Health Sciences, please contact Susan Manko at 412-647-3555.