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College to honor health care achievements at Annual Session

From the March 2001 ACP-ASIM Observer, copyright © 2001 by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

At Convocation Ceremony during this year’s Annual Session in Atlanta, the College will honor 14 individuals and one organization for their work in health care. Here is a list of the awards and this year’s recipients:


John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine (two recipients)

Marvin H. Sleisenger, MACP
Dr. Sleisenger, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and distinguished physician at the San Francisco Veterans Medical Center, is an internationally recognized expert in gastroenterology. His textbook, “Gastrointestinal Disease,” is considered the authoritative reference for this field.

Dr. Sleisenger is also known for his unique ability to teach clinical medicine. He provides a framework for conceptualizing difficult topics and teaches his pupils a method of how to think of medicine globally. He has been a visiting professor at more than 50 medical colleges.

Samuel O. Thier, MACP
Dr. Thier is president and CEO of Partners HealthCare System and professor of medicine and professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School.

His work on amino acid transport in the kidneys and intestines laid the physiologic and biochemical groundwork for an approach to inborn errors of amino acid transport. He also helped elucidate renal and intestinal cellular defects in cystinuria.

During his long career, Dr. Thier has served as vice chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, chairman of the department of internal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, president of the Institute of Medicine, and president of Massachusetts General Hospital. He served as an instrument of change and helped bring these institutions to the forefront of American medicine.

Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the ACP-ASIM

James L. Borland Jr., MACP
Dr. Borland is well known for his distinguished service to the College in many capacities. He served as president of the Florida Society of Internal Medicine prior to becoming Governor for the College’s Florida Chapter. He also served as a College Regent.

Dr. Borland was instrumental in merging the Florida chapters of the ACP and ASIM. He served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents as Treasurer during the two organizations’ merger years.

He has also worked to provide the College a strong voice in education policy development within the AMA. He led the ACP-ASIM delegation to the AMA and won a position on the Council for Medical Education. He is now involved in GME and CME issues that are of vital interest to the College.

After working in private practice for 31 years, Dr. Borland now serves as chief medical officer at the Jacksonville VA Health Services Outpatient Clinic and associate chief of staff for outpatient clinics at the North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System.

Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine

Clifton R. Cleaveland, MACP
Dr. Cleaveland, a Rhodes scholar and a past President of the College, has combined an intense interest in literature and medical humanities with the practice of general internal medicine.

He is the founder and director of the highly regarded literature and medicine reading retreats sponsored annually for 14 years by the College’s Tennessee Chapter. These retreats have served as models for other chapters and literary seminars at Annual Session.

Dr. Cleaveland founded “Grand Rounds in Literature,” a quarterly newsletter for physicians interested in imaginative literature. In addition to monthly lectures in the medical humanities for medical residents, he has lectured frequently on similar themes before a variety of both professional and lay audiences.

ACP-ASIM Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine

Julian Solway, MD
Dr. Solway, professor of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (UC), is noted for his contributions to the fields of airway smooth muscle and asthma.

As director of the Pritzker School’s asthma center, he assembled a multidisciplinary team of researchers, educators and community outreach workers to approach the problems associated with asthma collaboratively. The center has established asthma classes at UC and embarked on an outreach program for Chicago public school teachers, staff and nurses.

Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution in the Health Field

Linda L. Blank
Ms. Blank has been a nonphysician staff member of the American Board of Internal Medicine for two decades and is currently vice president for clinical competence and communications. She serves as an ex-officio representative to the Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine and works with other internal medicine organizations involved in graduate medical education.

Ms. Blank is particularly interested in improving the evaluation system within residency and subspecialty training programs; helping program directors identify and remedy problem behaviors in residents and fellows; enhancing awareness and improving the assessment of humanistic qualities and professionalism; and promoting better physician training in end-of-life care.

ACP-ASIM Distinguished Teacher Award

Norton J. Greenberger, MACP

Dr. Greenberger served as professor of medicine and chairman of the department of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine from 1972 until 2000. He is now senior associate dean for medical education.

He has received numerous awards for his teaching skills, including the Ruth Bohan Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998. He has given many named lectures in the United States and abroad and is particularly well known for the ability to explain complex issues in a simple but not simplistic way.

Dr. Greenberger has played a significant role in the College and served as Regent, Chair of the Board of Regents and President. He has also been active in other societies, including serving as president of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award (#1)

Theodore G. MacKinney, MD
Dr. MacKinney has lived in Nepal since 1993, where he operates a team-mission clinical facility known as the Living River Health Services.

Working with several physician assistants, he treats about 100 patients per day. Although Dr. MacKinney lacks sophisticated treatment facilities, he treats the entire spectrum of human illness, including pediatric infectious diseases, trauma-burns, ob-gyn and chronic illnesses, both infectious and degenerative.

He teaches Nepali medical assistants, nurse midwives and American medical students. In addition, he runs a community service program that teaches prenatal classes, basic medical skills, and first aid.

Dr. MacKinney carries on this work at great personal risk, as his clinic operates in an area known for armed Maoist guerrilla activity.

Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award (#2)

Archdiocesan Health Care Network
The Archdiocesan Health Care Network coordinates the pro bono services of health care providers in the Washington area.

The network refers the needy to more than 300 physicians, dentists, radiology clinics, hospitals and rehabilitation units. In 1998, the network scheduled 2,800 appointments, or roughly $1.8 million of pro bono services. James Cardinal Hickey, archbishop emeritus of Washington, and William E. Battle, FACP, will accept the award on behalf of the network.

Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients

Arthur W. Feinberg, MACP
Dr. Feinberg is professor of clinical medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. He has had an exemplary career in internal medicine.

He played a major role at North Shore University Hospital, building a vascular diagnostic center, establishing a primary care track and creating one of the most respected geriatric programs in the nation. He continues to make house calls to disabled elderly patients because, in his words, it is “the right thing to do.”

Dr. Feinberg has been active in many professional organizations and societies. He has served the College as a Governor, Chair of the Board of Governors, a Regent and Vice Chair of the Board of Regents.

James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine

Michael D. Iseman, FACP
Dr. Iseman is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado with appointments in the divisions of both pulmonary medicine and infectious diseases. He is also the chief of the clinical mycobacterial disease service at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver.

His primary area of clinical and research interest is tuberculosis, with an emphasis on multidrug-resistant disease. He also works on mycobacterial diseases other than tuberculosis.

Dr. Iseman currently is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and has authored a textbook, “A Clinician’s Guide to Tuberculosis.”

Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award

Neil J. Stone, FACP
Dr. Stone, clinical professor of medicine at Northwestern University Medical School, volunteers his time as a teaching attending physician for the internal medicine department at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

He helps students bridge the gap between textbook knowledge and patient care. He works with students at the bedside to show them that using clinical and basic science skills can improve patients’ lives. Dr. Stone is well known for his annual lecture and special demonstration for third-year medical students on cardiac physical exams.

Once a month, Dr. Stone invites a fourth-year medical student into his practice for intensive one-on-one study, much of which occurs at the bedside. In September 1999, he and his practice associates received the highest honor given to teaching physicians from the Northwestern University Medical School.

Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service

Edith Irby Jones, FACP

Throughout her career, Dr. Jones has strived to improve medical care and access for the disadvantaged and disabled in Texas and abroad. She has worked with a variety of state and community organizations to combat medical disability, alcoholism and drug abuse, and promote school health and family planning.

Dr. Jones is the co-founder of the Dr. Edith Irby Jones Clinic in Vandreuil, Haiti. She has served as chair of the American Task Force for Health in Haiti and chaired HELP Inc. to provide health and education resources there. There is also a Dr. Edith Irby Jones Clinic in Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Dr. Jones is currently clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School. She was the first woman president of the National Medical Association.

Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service

Kenneth I. Shine, MACP
Dr. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine and is considered one of the most influential leaders in American medicine.

He has increased the scope of the IOM’s activities and increased its funding. Dr. Shine has been an influential health care advocate both in Congress and throughout the medical community.


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