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Awards and Accolades:

University of Pittsburgh Schools and Health Sciences Announce Faculty, Staff Achievements

PITTSBURGH, June 17 – The faculty, staff and students of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of 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 acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following:

Joan Rogers, Ph.D., OTR/L, chair of the department of occupational therapy, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, received the 2010 Presidents’ Commendation Award of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Occupational Therapy Foundation (AOTF). This award is the highest honor bestowed by AOTA and AOTF and honors a respected leader of the profession who has made sustained contributions to occupational therapy over a lifetime of service. It has only been awarded 12 times since its inception.

Jamie Green, M.D., post-doctoral scholar, School of Medicine, received a 2010 Clinical Scientist in Nephrology fellowship from the American Kidney Fund. Dr. Green’s research will examine the association of health literacy with clinical outcomes in hemodialysis patients, specifically dialysis treatment adherence in patients receiving in-center hemodialysis.

Charleen Chu, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology and ophthalmology, School of Medicine, received the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) Outstanding Investigator Award, which recognizes mid-career investigators who have demonstrated excellence in experimental pathology research. Dr. Chu presented her award lecture, “Parkinson’s Disease: Converging Insights from Toxin and Genetic Models” at the ASIP Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., April 26.

Brian Hermann, Ph.D., post-doctoral scholar, Magee-Women’s Research Institute, received the Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This award was designed to facilitate the rapid transition of promising new investigators into independent research careers and will support his salary and research costs.

Ryan Parker, director, health sciences diversity, University of Pittsburgh; Barrett Woods, M.D., graduate medical resident II in orthopedic surgery, School of Medicine; and Shailen Greene, M.D., graduate medical resident IV in physical medicine and rehabilitation, School of Medicine, were recognized as a part of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2010 “Fab 40.” This list honors a select group of Pittsburgh’s young African-American men and women under age 40 who have demonstrated the ability, determination, focus and fortitude to tackle the challenges that lie ahead while defying negative stereotypes used to portray black youth.

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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