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Awards / Honors

Dr. Gerald D. Buckberg, professor of surgery, was awarded the 2008 Gibbon Award by the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology.

Dr. Anne Coleman, professor of ophthalmology and epidemiology, was appointed chair of the National Eye Health Education Program Planning Committee.

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, the Augustus S. Rose Professor of Neurology, was awarded the 2008 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award for his leadership and contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research.

Dr. Sherin U. Devaskar, professor of pediatrics, received the 2008 Society for Pediatric Research Maureen Andrew Mentor Award.

Dr. Jose J. Escarce, professor of medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine for his outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Dr. Sherwin J. Isenberg, professor of ophthalmology, was named president-elect of the Costenbader Pediatric Ophthalmology Society, the oldest pediatric ophthalmology society in the world.

Dr. Baxter Larmon, professor of medicine, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Emergency Medical Services Award Council.

Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, associate professor of neurology, received the 2008 Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Award by the American Academy of Neurology. The prize is awarded to emerging neurologists who have a strong interest in stroke research.

Dr. Joseph K. Perloff, the Streisand/American Heart Association Professor (Emeritus) of Medicine and Pediatrics, received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology for his contributions to teaching, research and clinical service.

Dr. Wendy Slusser, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics, received the Beverllee Myers Award of Excellence for contributions to public health, presented by the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Health Care Services.

Dr. Gary Small, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging, received the 2008 Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry from the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Small is an internationally recognized investigator in age-related memory loss and dementia, as well as late-life depression.

Dr. Desmond J. Smith, associate professor of molecular and medical pharmacology, was named to Scientific American’s 2008 “Scientific American 50.” Dr. Smith was selected in the area of neurological diagnostics.

Dr. William Vega, professor of family medicine, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine for his outstanding professional achievement and service.


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