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Dedicated Alumni Honored by Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health

 PITTSBURGH, May 28, 2015 – Five University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumni will be recognized for their outstanding service to the field of public health during a special ceremony on Friday, May 29, at the University Club.
“It is an honor to acknowledge the contributions of some of our most outstanding alumni,” said Donald S. Burke, M.D., Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk chair of global health. “The recipients of these prestigious awards have made significant contributions to the field of public health. I commend their outstanding performance and dedication to teaching, research and community service.”
• Patricia Maryland, Dr.P.H., Class of 1991, will receive the Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice in recognition of her extensive experience in strategic planning, patient care operations and service line management. She is the president of health care operations and chief operating officer at Ascension Health in St. Louis and has published research papers on a variety of topics, including gerontology, community health and emergency medical services systems.
• Yvette Conley, Ph.D., M.S., Class of 1999, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination in recognition of her leadership in incorporating genomics into the education of nurses across all levels of education at Pitt and nationally. Dr. Conley became the first geneticist in the country to hold a primary appointment within a nursing school when she joined the faculty of the Pitt School of Nursing in 2000. She is an active faculty member for the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute and is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Mentor.
• Nancy Obuchowrski, Ph.D., M.S.Hyg., Class of 1991, will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award for Research in recognition of her work on the assessment of diagnostic and screening tests/visual aids and quantitative imaging biomarkers. She is the vice chairman of the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Cleveland Clinic, and professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the steering committee of the Quantitative Imaging Biomarker Alliance and is a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee of ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group. She has written two books and has authored or coauthored over 150 peer-reviewed publications.
• Nancy Glynn, Ph.D., Class of 1994, will receive the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award for her significant volunteer contributions. Dr. Glynn, assistant professor and director of the master's degree program in Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, founded the community service group "Epi Gives Back," which bridges epidemiology with community service, such as fundraising for type 1 diabetes research and rabies prevention efforts with the Allegheny County Health Department. She's also played key roles in activities ranging from educating the community on the importance of organ donation to organizing monthly dinners for homeless shelters. 
• Megan Kavanaugh, Ph.D., M.P.H., Class of 2008, will receive the Early Career Excellence Award for her exceptional research on unintended pregnancy, contraceptive use and abortion-related issues. She is a senior researcher at the Guttmacher Institute in New York, and her most recent research includes studies of long-acting, reversible contraception. Dr. Kavanaugh has been awarded the Gary Stewart Scholarship for Research in Public Health from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Population Association of America and the Society of Family Planning. She has authored or coauthored more than 20 peer-reviewed and other scientific publications.
Two alumni – Marisabel Sánchez, M.P.H., Class of 1993, and Tushar Singh, Ph.D., class of 2014 – will be inducted into Delta Omega, an honorary society that recognizes merit and encourages further excellence in, and devotion to, public health work.

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