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Dr. Abbas Ardehali, William E. Connor Chair in Cardiothoracic Transplantation and director of the UCLA Heart, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.

Dr. Anne Coleman, Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Chair in Ophthalmology; Dr. Sophie Deng, assistant professor of ophthalmology; Dr. Colin McCannel, professor of clinical ophthalmology; Dr. Stacy Pineles, associate professor of ophthalmology; and Dr. SriniVas Sadda, professor of ophthalmology, received honors from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Jack Feldman, Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology, received an R35 Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

Dr. Samuel W. French, professor-in-residence of pathology and laboratory medicine, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Dr. Weizhe Hong, assistant professor of biological chemistry and neurobiology, was named a 2017 Searle Scholar.

Dr. John C. Mazziotta, vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, and Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of UCLA Hospital System, were named among the nation’s top-100 healthcare leaders by Beckers Hospital Review. In addition, Spisso was honored as Woman of the Year by Women in Health Administration of Southern California.

Dr. Janet Pregler, director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center, was named among 2017’s “Women of the Year” honorees by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Michael Steinberg, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, received the 2017 ASTRO Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Harry V. Vinters, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Neurology, received the Alfred Meyer Medal from the British Neuropathology Society and the American Association of Neuropathologists Award for Meritorious Contributions to Neuropathology.


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