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Dr. Lawrence W. Bassett, the Iris Cantor Professor of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiological Sciences, received the the American College of Radiology’s Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor given for distinguished and extraordinary service in the field of radiology.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, professor of medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, is the only American member of the Mexican commission created to organize the 150th anniversary celebration of the first Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Dr. Yonca Bulut, associate clinical professor of pediatric critical care, earned an award from Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund for her research to investigate if iron supplementation worsens infections in children.

Dr. Dean Buonomano, professor of neuro- 60 Years of Memories biology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute, has published a new book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain’s Flaws Shape Our Lives (W.W. Norton & Co., 2011). It examines the human brain’s strengths and weaknesses, attributing some of the brain’s “bugs” – or flaws – to evolution.

A pair of plays inspired by the stories of two heart-transplant patients and their relationship with their physician, Dr. Mario C. Deng, medical director of the UCLA Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Transplant Program, premiered in New York City. The plays were produced by The Relational Medicine Foundation and its Emotion Theater Project.

Dr. Sydney Finegold, emeritus professor of medicine, was honored with an international medcal symposium co-sponsored by the Infectious Disease Association of California and the Anaerobe Society of the Americas to mark his 90th birthday and contributions to the field of microbiology and infectious diseases.

Dr. David Hovda, professor of neurosurgery and of molecular and medical pharmacology and director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, has been selected by the U.S. Army as the recipient of the 2011 Strength of the Nation Award. It recognizes his breakthrough research that led to a system for diagnosis of and recovery from traumatic brain injury on the battlefield.

Dr. Lester Jones, clinical professor of surgery in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA , has received an Award of Excellence from the American Podiatric Medical Association. The award recognizes outstanding national accomplishments in the field.

Dr. Kuk-Wha Lee, assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology, was awarded the Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund Grand Prize for her research in finding a new treatment for type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Paul Krogstad, professor of pediatric infectious diseases, earned an award from Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children Fund for his work in the discovery and development of drugs to treat enterovirus infections in children.

Dr. Wesley Moore, professor and emeritus chief of vascular surgery, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery for his outstanding contributions to the field and exemplary professional practice and leadership.

Dr. Richard A. Rawson, M.D. ‘63 associate director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and professor-in-residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received a 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse International Program Award of Excellence.

Dr. Shlomo Raz, chief of the Division of Female Urology, Reconstructive Surgery and Urodynamics, received the American Urologic Association’s AUA Presidential Citation.

Dr. Eric Vilain, professor of human genetics, pediatrics and urology and director of the Center for Society and Genetics, received the 2011 Society for Pediatric Research’s E. Mead Johnson Award for clinical and research achievements in pediatrics.


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