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Awards and Accolades: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH , May 28, 2008 — The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences often are recognized by academic and scientific societies and other prestigious organizations for their significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Among those whose work has been recently acknowledged with awards and accolades are the following:

  • David J. Kupfer, M.D., Thomas Detre professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director and director of research at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, will serve as chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s task force to develop the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V). The work group is composed of more than 120 world-renowned scientific researchers and clinicians with expertise in neuroscience, biology, genetics, statistics, epidemiology, public health, nursing, pediatrics and social work, who review scientific advances and research-based information in the field of psychiatry in order to update the manual. DSM-V is scheduled to be published in 2012. 
  • Steven T. DeKosky, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been appointed chair of the executive advising committee of the Alzheimer’s Association’s new International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment. The Society is the first collegial group that represents all areas of Alzheimer’s disease investigation.
  • Eugene Myers, M.D., professor and emeritus chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and director of the Oral Cancer Center of Discovery at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, participated in the third annual international symposium STATEMENTS 2008 on Head and Neck Cancer in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Myers was chairman of the Ear, Temporal Bone and Lateral Skull Base panel.
  • Neil Resnick, M.D., professor and chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and director of the Institute on Aging, University of Pittsburgh, was honored as the 2008 Distinguished Professor by the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). The objective of the Distinguished Professor program is to raise the visibility of aging-related research and education among SGIM members through a series of sponsored educational and mentorship activities during the annual meeting. The ultimate goal is to improve the care of older persons.
  • Rolf Loeber, Ph.D., distinguished university professor of psychiatry, and professor of psychology and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, recently received two distinguished honors. He was elected a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, a select group of scientists who promote the quality of scientific and scholarly work. Dr. Loeber’s election was based on his work in criminology and developmental psychopathology. In addition, he was elected as an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy for his work in Irish history, architecture and literature.
  • Samuel Stebbins, M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been accepted as a scholar of the National Public Health Leadership Institute (PHLI), a one-year leadership development program for high-potential leaders with a commitment to leading their own organizations and communities. The goal of PHLI is to create new public health leaders who will help lead change in the public health system.
  • Jennifer Grandis, M.D., professor of otolaryngology and pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and program leader, head and neck cancer program, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, was recently awarded a clinical professorship from the American Cancer Society (ACS). Dr. Grandis, one of only three recipients of a clinical professorship this year, will receive $400,000 over five years.
  • Doris M. Rubio, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, biostatistics and nursing, director, Center for Research on Health Care Data Center and co-director, Institute for Clinical Research Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been selected by the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women, a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine, as one of the 2008-2009 ELAM fellows. This is the only national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers.
  • Lisa Rohan, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, and associate investigator, Magee-Womens Research Institute, recently was an invited speaker for the Microbicides 2008 meeting held in New Delhi. In addition, several School of Pharmacy students submitted abstracts—some of which were accepted for oral presentation (Alexandra Sassi and Haitao Yang) and others as poster presentations (Lindsay Ferguson and Alexandra Sassi). These three students each received a scholarship that enabled them to attend the meeting.
  • Jennifer Lingler, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P., University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, was recently awarded the Brookdale Leadership in Aging Fellowship from the Brookdale Foundation. This prestigious and highly competitive national award was created to encourage emerging leaders in the field of aging.  The Fellowship provides two years of support to junior academics to focus on a project that will help establish them in an area of aging research.
  • Annette DeVito Dabbs R.N., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Acute & Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, won this year's award for the best research presentation by a nurse or social scientist for her abstract, A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial of Pocket PATH vs. Standard Care and Early Self-Care Behaviors after Lung Transplantation, at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation 28th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions held in Boston in April.
  • Three University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing students received scholarships from The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. The scholarships are awarded annually to Pennsylvania residents who are studying nursing at the basic or advanced level and intend to practice in the state. The University of Pittsburgh recipients, chosen from 240 applicants, are Melanie Heuston, R.N., Susan Pedaline, R.N., and Amanda Botscheller. They will be honored at the 19th annual Nightingale Award gala in Harrisburg in October.
  • Diane Helsel, Ph.D., R.D., C.S.S.D., assistant professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, was awarded the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association’s 2008 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, mentoring and leadership of educators in the American Dietetics Association-accredited dietetics education programs.
  • Leslie Davis, president of Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, will be the Executive in Residence for the 2008-2009 academic year in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The Executive in Residence program fosters better relationships between the Health Administration Program and the world of practice for the advantage of both the students and faculty of the program.

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. Since 1997, Pitt and its affiliated university faculty have ranked among the top 10 educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health.

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