Arul Chinnaiyan (M.D. 1999, Ph.D. 1999), the S.P. Hicks Collegiate Professor of Pathology and associate professor of pathology and urology, received the Amgen Outstanding Investigator Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The award is presented to a member under the age of 43 in recognition of meritorious research in experimental pathology.
N. Reed Dunnick, the Fred Jenner Hodges Professor of Radiology and chair of the Department of Radiology, recently became president of the Academy of Radiology Research (ARR) for a two-year term and president-elect of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR). The mission of the ARR is to identify sources of support for radiology research to improve the knowledge base, educational programs and patient care activities of radiology. The AUR consists of over 3,000 staff radiologists, residents and fellows whose purpose is to encourage excellence in radiological laboratory and clinical investigation, teaching and clinical practice; to stimulate an interest in academic radiology as a medical career; to advance radiology as a medical science; and to represent academic radiology at a national level.
Joseph C. Fantone III, M.D., professor of pathology and associate dean for medical education, has been reappointed to the Godfrey D. Stobbe Professorship in Medical Education for a five-year term. The professorship honors pathologist Godfrey Stobbe, who received his M.D. from Michigan in 1939. Fantone provides leadership and direction for the Medical School’s educational programs and oversees the undergraduate medical curriculum.
David Fox, M.D., professor of internal medicine and chief of the Division of Rheumatology, was recently elected vice president of the American College of Rheumatology. Fox specializes in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, and his research interests include the study of human T-lymphocyte biology and monoclonal antibodies.
Janet Gilsdorf, M.D., professor of pediatrics in the U-M Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, has been elected to the board of directors for the Infectious Diseases Society of America through 2008. The society, founded in 1963, has approximately 8,000 members.
R. Van Harrison, Ph.D., professor and director of Continuing Medical Education, was appointed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The association sets the standards for organizations that provide continuing medical education by directly reviewing and accrediting nearly 700 medical societies, schools, hospitals and other organizations, and oversees the accreditation of nearly 1,600 hospitals and medical societies.
Cheryl T. Lee, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in the Department of Urology and director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center bladder cancer program, has been named to the medical advisory board of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network — a new national awareness and advocacy organization formed to promote greater awareness of and fund research about bladder cancer.
Gary Lelli Jr., M.D., co-chief resident in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has received the Ambulatory Care Excellence in Service Award, an annual award to a resident within the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System who demonstrates excellence in patient care.
Allen S. Lichter (M.D. 1972), professor of radiation oncology and dean of the U-M Medical School, has been reappointed for a five-year term to the Newman Family Professorship in Radiation Oncology, established by a gift from Max Karl Newman (M.D. 1934) and the Newman Family Foundation in 2000. Lichter, who chaired the Department of Radiation Oncology from 1984 to 1997, is internationally known for his research in the treatment of breast cancer which helped revolutionize treatment standards.
Sean J. Morrison, Ph.D., associate professor of internal medicine and of cell and developmental biology, has been named the Henry Sewall Professor of Medicine for a five-year term. The Sewall Professorship honors a pioneer in the basic sciences whose immunization work with animals in the late 1800s at the U-M demonstrated the principle of antitoxin production. Morrison heads the University’s new center for stem cell research, based at the Life Sciences Institute.
Karin Muraszko, M.D., professor and chair of neurosurgery, professor of surgery in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and professor of plastic surgery, received the Association of Women Surgeons’ 2005 Nina Starr Braunwald Award for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery.
Chung Owyang, M.D., professor of internal medicine, has been reappointed to the H. Marvin Pollard Collegiate Professorship in Gastroenterology for a five-year term. Owyang has held the professorship, which honors a highly respected Michigan faculty member of nearly 40 years, since its establishment in 1995. Owyang’s research focuses on the physiology and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal hormones and neuropeptides.
Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, was chosen by editors at Scientific American to be one of the Scientific American 50 for 2005. The award honors 50 individuals or research teams whose accomplishments during the past year demonstrate outstanding technological leadership. Raphael was selected for his work on gene therapy for regenerating auditory hair cells in the inner ear.
John J. Voorhees (M.D. 1963, Residency 1969), the Duncan and Ella Poth Distinguished Professor of Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology, was chosen to serve as the European Society for Dermatologic Research Rudi Cormane Lecturer, an honor typically reserved for European members of the society. The Cormane Lectureship recognizes the invited speaker as an individual who has made exceptional contributions to dermatologic research.
Peter A. Ward (M.D. 1960, Residency 1963), professor in the Department of Pathology and director of the Division of General Pathology, received the Chugai Mentorship Award from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in recognition of outstanding mentorship and scholarship. The award was presented at the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in late 2005.
Stephen J. Weiss, M.D., professor of internal medicine, has been reappointed as the E. Gifford and Love Barnett Upjohn Professor of Internal Medicine and Oncology for a five-year term. E. Gifford Upjohn (M.D. 1928) worked for his family’s pharmaceutical company for 40 years, including as president and chair of the board. Weiss, a leader in the field of proteolytic enzymes and their role in cellular invasion, has held the professorship since its establishment in 1990.