Huda Akil, Ph.D., the Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry,
co-director of the U-M Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and a
member of the U-M Depression Center team, has been named the Henry Russel Lecturer
for 2006, one of the highest faculty honors at the University of Michigan. Her
selection recognizes her leadership in neuroscience research and teaching at
the U-M and nationally. Akil is the fifth Medical School faculty member to receive
the honor in the last decade.
Helen A. Baghdoyan, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, of pharmacology, and
of psychiatry, recently served as a panel member at the National Institutes
of Health State-of-the-Science Conference on Chronic Insomnia. After two days
of hearing expert testimony about chronic insomnia and available treatments,
the 12-member panel released a statement calling for a new look at commonly
used treatments for the condition, as well as a broader use of cognitive and
behavior therapies. The panel included educators, practitioners, researchers
John E. “Jack” Billi, M.D. (Residency 1981), professor of internal
medicine, associate dean for clinical affairs and associate vice president for
medical affairs, was elected to the 41-member Michigan State Medical Society
board of directors in May for a three-year term. Billi also serves as chair
of the society’s Advisory Committee on Medical Economics. The society
is the statewide professional association of 14,500 medical doctors in Michigan
affiliated with the American Medical Association.
Douglas W. Blayney, M.D., clinical professor of internal medicine, has been
selected by the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
to serve as editor of the society’s newest publication, the bimonthly
Journal of Oncology Practice. Designed to complement the Journal of Clinical
Oncology, the Journal of Oncology Practice focuses on the art and science of
the practice of oncology. Blayney’s current research interests include
breast cancer, lymphoma and the use of electronic technology to enhance medical
Darrell A. “Skip” Campbell Jr., M.D. (Residency 1978), the Henry
King Ransom Professor of Surgery, assistant dean for clinical affairs and chief
of staff of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, received
the Keystone Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Award from the Michigan Health
and Hospital Association. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate patient
safety and quality improvement leadership that transcends the bounds of their
own hospital or health system.
William Chandler (M.D. 1971, Residency 1977), professor of neurosurgery, has
been elected chair of the American Board of Neurological Surgery through May
2006. The board is the certifying organization for fully trained clinical neurosurgeons
in the U.S. Chandler formerly served as president of the Congress of Neurological
Surgeons, a scientific and educational organization comprised of more than 5,300
Kenneth Cooke, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases,
was chosen to receive a 2005 Burroughs Wellcome Clinical Science Award in Translational
Research, one of only seven such awards given nationally each year. The award
recognizes physician-scientists whose research “bridges the gap between
basic science and patient care” by developing and taking new treatments
from the laboratory to the patient bedside and back again.
Ronald B. Hirschl (M.D. 1983, Residencies 1989 and 1991), professor of pediatric
surgery, has been appointed head of the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the
U-M Medical School and surgeon-in-chief at the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s
Hospital. Hirschl succeeds his colleague and mentor Arnold Coran, M.D., who
served in the role since 1974 and plans to continue his surgical practice at
Mott and abroad.
Michael J. Imperiale, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology and chair
of the U-M Institutional Biosafety Committee, has been appointed to the National
Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. The board provides advice to federal
departments and agencies on ways to minimize the possibility that knowledge
and technologies emanating from vitally important biological research will be
misused to threaten public health or national security.
Kenneth A. Jamerson (M.D. 1986), professor of internal medicine, was appointed
vice president of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks Inc. for
2005-07. The society provides education, advocacy and research on high blood
pressure and related risk factor in ethnic populations, and established the
first-ever guidelines for treating hypertension in African-Americans.
Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. (Residency 1979), Bates Professor of Diseases of
Women and Children, professor and chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received
the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists. The college’s highest honor, the award recognizes significant
contributions to the college and the discipline of obstetrics and gynecology.
Johnson also received the 2005 Sarah Goddard Power Award, named for the late
University Regent, from the U-M Academic Women’s Caucus for his contributions
to the status of women.
Anna Lok, M.D., professor of internal medicine, was selected to be one of two
recipients of the 2005 Bristol Myers Squibb Freedom to Discover Virology Award.
The mission of the awards program is to enable preeminent scientists who are
active in therapeutic and functional areas important to Bristol Myers Squibb
to engage more fully in unrestricted research, and to honor scientific leaders
for distinguished achievements in their fields.
Ralph Lydic, Ph.D., the Bert LaDu Professor and associate chair of Anesthesiology
Research, has been invited to serve as a member of the External Advisory Committee
for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. The institute is part
of NASA’s Bioastronautics effort to enhance understanding and safety of
human space flight.
Mark R. Opp, Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and of molecular and integrative
physiology, is president-elect of the Sleep Research Society until June 2006,
when he will assume the office of president. A member of the society’s
board of directors since 2002, Opp will play a vital role with a professional
association whose growing membership is comprised of more than 1,000 international
researchers and academics in the field of sleep medicine.
Mary O’Riordan, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology,
was named the 2005 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Young Investigator. The conference is the infectious diseases meeting for the
American Society for Microbiology, and the Young Investigator Award is the society’s
most prestigious for new faculty.
Bertram Pitt, M.D., professor of internal medicine, associate chair for academic/
industry programs and chief, Division of Cardiology, received the American Heart
Association’s Herrick Award for 2005. The award, named for a pioneer in
the field of cardiology, honors physicians whose scientific achievements have
contributed profoundly to the advancement and practice of clinical cardiology.
Terry M. Silver, M.D. (Residency 1974), professor of radiology, received the
2005 Dr. Frank L. Babbott Memorial Award from the Alumni Association of the
State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine. The award, bestowed
annually, honors Silver’s distinguished service to the medical profession
and to the community.
William L. Smith (Ph.D. 1971), the Minor J. Coon Collegiate Professor and chair
of Biological Chemistry, has been selected to receive the prestigious William
C. Rose Award in Biochemistry from the American Society for Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology. The society, founded in 1906, is a nonprofit scientific and
educational organization with over 11,900 members. The award recognizes outstanding
contributions to biochemical and molecular biological research and a demonstrated
commitment to the training of younger scientists.
Denise G. Tate, Ph.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, was
chosen as the 2005 John Stanley Coulter Lecturer by the American Congress of
Rehabilitation Medicine, in recognition of professional achievements that have
contributed significantly to the field of rehabilitation. The mission of the
congress is to enhance the lives of persons living with disabilities through
a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation, and to promote rehabilitation
research and its application in clinical practice.
John J. Voorhees (M.D. 1963, Residency 1969), the Duncan and Ella Poth Distinguished
Professor of Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology, received
the 2005 Stephen Rothman Memorial Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology
for exceptional contributions to the field of investigative dermatology. Voorhees
is known around the world for his work describing psoriasis as a disorder driven
by the immune system, and for directing research elucidating the molecular and
biological mechanisms and processes involved in aging and photoaging in human
Castle Elected as Fellow of AAAS
Medical School Icon Horace Davenport Dies
Jay Hess Named Chair of Pathology
Alan Saltiel Elected to Institute of Medicine
G. Robert Greenberg, Early Leader in Molecular Biology, Dies at 86
William Beierwaltes, Nuclear Medicine Pioneer, Dies at 88
Dean’s Faculty Awards 2005
Faculty Members Honored as Inaugural Holders of New Endowed Professorships