Awards and Accolades: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements
PITTSBURGH, January 26, 2007 - 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:
Jeannette South-Paul, M.D., chair of the department of family medicine at the School of Medicine has been selected to receive the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundations 2007 Pride in the Profession Award. The Pride in the Profession Awards were created by the AMA Foundation to honor physicians who, through their service, have brought a sense of pride to the medical profession and whose actions promote the art and science of medicine and the advancement of public health. Dr. South-Paul, one of only four physicians to receive the award in 2007, is being honored for her efforts in helping patients who are poor, disabled or disadvantaged through a medical career that has been guided by a special interest in providing care for the underserved and underrepresented and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in medicine.
The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management (APhA-APPM) has selected Melissa Somma, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at the School of Pharmacy and director of the Rite Aid/University of Pittsburgh Patient Care Initiative, to receive its Merit Award in community and ambulatory practice. Dr. Somma was chosen based on her extensive contributions to community pharmacy practice. She will receive the award at the APhA annual meeting awards ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, March 18 in Atlanta.
Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D., UPMC Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, School of Medicine, has been named a recipient of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACP) Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry for his contributions to the field. Dr. Reynolds career has focused on clinical research in mood and sleep disorders of later life. A leader in medical education, Dr. Reynolds also has developed tools for young physicians to help increase the recruitment and retention of junior investigators in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Reynolds will receive this award at the ACP annual meeting to be held Feb. 21-25 in Palm Springs, Calif.
Douglas Kondziolka, M.D., vice chairman of neurological surgery and professor of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine, was recently installed as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, an international organization dedicated to promoting public welfare through the advancement of neurosurgery, by a commitment to excellence in education, and by dedication to research and scientific knowledge. He will hold the position through September 2007. Dr. Kondziolka also was formally installed as the Peter J. Jannetta Professor of Neurological Surgery at a University of Pittsburgh ceremony held on Dec. 19.
The Scleroderma Foundation has appointed Carol Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, to its board of directors. Dr. Feghali-Bostwick will serve a three-year term on the board of the Scleroderma Foundation, which is an organization that serves the interests of people with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease noted for the thickening and tightening of the skin. The Foundation has 21 chapters and 175 support groups nationwide and each year funds at least $1 million of new grants for scleroderma research.
Susan Albrecht, Ph.D., F.A.A.N., R.N., associate professor and associate dean for student and alumni services, and development and public relations at the School of Nursing, has been elected to the Association of Womens Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) board of directors for 2007. AWHONN focuses its efforts on the delivery of care to women and newborns in hospitals as well as home care and ambulatory care settings. Dr. Albrecht has been a member of AWHONN for more than a decade, and she has chaired a number of advisory panels and led a smoking cessation project for the organization.
Malcolm McNeil, Ph.D., Distinguished Service Professor and chair in the department of communication science and disorders at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded a Research Career Scientist appointment by the Veterans Administration (VA). The Research Career Scientist designation recognizes Dr. McNeils achievements and contributions to the advancement of science, the VA research service and national and international research communities as well as his collaboration with and mentoring of other scientists. One of a select group of researchers to receive this highly competitive honor, Dr. McNeil will receive support for his study of the language disorder aphasia and the motor speech disorder apraxia, both of which frequently result from stroke.
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 tomorrows 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 seventh nationally among educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
For more information about these awards or the Schools of the Health Sciences, please contact Susan Manko at 412-647-3555.