Guy L. Clifton, MD, who is Runnells Distinguished Chair and Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has been named director of Mission Connect, an initiative to conduct research in central nervous system injuries, diseases, and disorders.
Claus Roehrborn, MD, has been appointed chair of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, succeeding John McConnell, MD, who was named executive vice president for administration at the institution last year. Roehrborn will also hold the E. E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Fogelson Distinguished Chair in Urology.
Edward Grant, MD, has been named head of the Department of Radiology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He was formerly chair of radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.
Larry J. Goodman, MD, has been named president and chief executive officer of Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He was Rush's senior vice president, medical affairs, and dean of Rush Medical College.
At the American Medical Association's National Leadership Conference in March, the following physicians received the 2002 Pride in the Profession Awards (cosponsred by AMA and Pfizer Inc): Ronald Paul Bangasser, MD, family physician in Redlands, Calif, for working to increase awareness of domestic violence; Thomas A. Cornwell, MD, family physician in Carol Stream, Ill, the first physician in the Chicago area to make home visits full time; A. Janelle Goetcheus, MD, family physician in Washington, DC, the founder of Christ House, a live-in respite care facility for homeless men in need of medical care; and Charles Edwin Horton, MD, plastic surgeon in Norfolk, Va, the founder of Physicians for Peace, which trains physicians and surgeons practicing in needy areas in more advanced technologies.
Kathleen A. O'Leary, MD, has been appointed director of the Operating Room at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY.
James McCulley, MD, chair of ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2001 from the Alumni Association of Texas Christian University.
Ten medical school residency directors have been given the first Parker J. Palmer "Courage to Teach" awards by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The recipients are the following: Robert W. Block, MD, chair and program director, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa; Virginia U. Collier, MD, vice chair and program director, Department of Internal Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del; George C. Curry, MD, vice chair and program director, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Alfred D. Fleming, MD, chair and program director, Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb; William H. Hester, MD, program director, Department of Family Medicine, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC; Earl D. Kemp, MD, program director, Department of Family Medicine, Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency Center for Family Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD; Gail A. McGuinness, MD, program director, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City; Claude H. Organ, Jr, MD, chair and program director, Department of General Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine–East Bay, Oakland; Keith D. Wrenn, MD, vice chair and program director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tenn; and Nikitas J. Zervanos, MD, program director, Department of Family Practice and Community Health, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, Pa.
Bill Frist, MD, a US senator (R, Tenn), has received the Distinguished Public Leadership Award of the American Society for Microbiology "in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to advancing science for the benefit of the nation's health and security." The award honors individuals in the government or private sector whose efforts have made a significant impact on science, public health, and the environment. Frist, the ranking minority member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Subcommittee on Public Health, was trained as a heart and lung transplant surgeon. He continues to treat patients on an individual basis and spends time each year providing medical care in developing countries.
Neal L. Cohen, MD, has been named executive director of the newly created Center on Bioterrorism at the Academic Medicine Development Company (AMDeC), a consorium of research institutions in New York state. He was formerly commissioner of the New York City Department of Health.
Lydia P. Howell, MD, a professor of pathology, has been named associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.