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Awards and Accolades:

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

PITTSBURGH, July 23, 2010 –. Among those whose work has been acknowledged recently with awards and accolades are the following.

  • Chet Mathis, Ph.D., professor of radiology, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, and director of UPMC’s PET facility, received a $2.7 million High End Instrumentation grant from the National Institutes of Health, to purchase a new cyclotron for UPMC Presbyterian. The NIH equipment funds are derived from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds specifically designated for new research equipment.
  • Thanos Tzounopoulos, Ph.D., assistant professor, otolaryngology, Center for Neuroscience,  received a fellowship for summer research through the Albert and Ellen Grass MBL Faculty Research Award from the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). The MBL is an internationally renowned biomedical and environmental research center and the award was created to support collaborative research in neuroscience. Dr. Tzounopoulos will be investigating the organization of brainstem-signaling pathways involved in sound localization and motor function.
  • Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., M.D., associate professor of medicine, clinical and translational science, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, School of Medicine, and director, UPMC Sleep Medicine Center, was installed as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s (AASM) 25th President. The AASM is the premier medical association for sleep medicine and sleep research fields, representing more than 8,500 physicians, scientists, technologists and health care workers who are focused on improving health care through improved sleep.
  • David K.C. Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute will receive the Transplantation Society-Roche Award for Excellence in Translational Science. He will be presented with the award during the XIII International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Vancouver, Canada, on Aug. 18.
  • Eugene N. Myers, M.D., distinguished professor and emeritus chair, Department of Otolaryngology, was an invited guest at the 7th Balkan Congress of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery held in Serbia in June. Dr. Myers gave a lecture on international relations at the opening ceremony and two other lectures during the meeting.
    • Dr. Myers was the guest of honor at the 4th World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies held in Seoul Korea in June. He gave the guest of honor lecture and an instructional course on selective neck dissection. He also served as the chairperson of a panel on gland cancer.
  • Three faculty members from the University of Pittsburgh are among 116 nurses who will be inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing during the Academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. They are Annette DeVito Dabbs, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor in the Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing; Linda Frank, Ph.D., M.S.N., assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health; and Janet Grady, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., R.N., associate professor and chair of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
  • Volker Musahl, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon, UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, received the Cabaud Memorial Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for the best paper researching hard or soft tissue biology. His paper, “A Comparison of Single and Double Bundle ACL Reconstructions on Pivot Shift Kinematics in ACL and Meniscus Deficient Knees,” investigated whether anatomic double bundle ACL reconstruction would better restore knee movement in an ACL/meniscus injury model when compared to two common single bundle ACL reconstructions.
  • Margo B. Holm, Ph.D., OTR/L, professor and director of post-professional education, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Dr. Holm will do research and lecture at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan during the fall semester of the 2010-2011 academic year. Specifically, she will assist in developing a rehabilitation science educational and research program and consult with the occupational therapy faculty and faculty of health sciences on curriculum development.

About the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

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. For additional information about the Schools of the Health Sciences, please visit

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