Thomas R. Russell, MD, former chair of the Department of Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center and clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, has become executive director of the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Ill. He succeeds David J. Nahrwold, MD.
R. Gordon Douglas, Jr, MD, who recently retired as head of the Merck Vaccine Division and is now a consultant at the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, has received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Josef E. Fischer, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, has been appointed the college's associate dean of commuity affairs. J. Wesley Alexander, MD, chief of the college's Division of Immunology, has been appointed to the Altemeier Chair.
Basil A. Pruitt, Jr, MD, clinical professor of surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will receive the 2000 Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Critical Care Medicine at the college's convocation this month. Pruitt served as commander and director of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio for 27 years.
Jack Soterakis, MD, has been appointed director, Department of Medicine, at St Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY. At the same institution, Thomas Nicosia, MD, has been appointed director, Division of Cardiology, and James LaRosa, MD, has been named to the position of physician advisor.
Charles M. Balch, MD, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, has been named executive vice president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, Va. He succeeds John R. Durant, MD.
Alan Pritsker, PhD, creator of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver Allocation Model, has received the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) College on Simulation.
Michael Karl Porayko, MD, has been named medical director, Liver Transplantation Program, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.
Harold E. Varmus, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health and a Nobel laureate, is the new president and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
R. Clinton Webb, MD, has been named Greenblatt Professor of Endocrinology and chair of the Department of Physiology and Endocrinology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.