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Previous Honors


Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award
1985:
Charles M. Caravati ’22
1986:
W. T. Thompson, Jr. ’38
1987:
Robert Q. Marston ’47
1988:
John Donald Millar ’59
1989:
A. Epes Harris, Jr. ’51
(posthumously)
1990:
Saul Krugman ’39
 
1991:
Frank H. Mayfield ’31
(posthumously)
1992:
Russell L. Cecil ’92
(posthumously)
1993:
Terry Tanner ’53
1993:
D. Earl Brown ’53
1994:
Merritt Foster ’44
1995:
Wyndham B. Blanton, Jr. ’50
1996:
Harry I. Johnson, Jr. ’53
1997:
Percy Wootton ’57
1998:
Annie Louise Wilkerson ’38
1999:
Mack T. Ruffin IV ’84
2000:
Reginald R. Cooper ’55
2001:
Mitchell S. Anscher ’81
2002:
Herman J. Flax ’40
2003:
Harold Kimmerling ’53
2004:
Stephen Yang ’84
2005:
Hunter H. McGuire, Jr. '55
2006:
Jeffery K. Taubenberger ’86
2007:
Myron “Mike” Levine ’67
2008:
Richard H. Dean ’68
2009:
James H. Meador-Woodruff ’84
2010:
Mark J. Kransdorf '80
2011:
Donald M. Poretz '66

2012:
Diane Sansonetti, M'77

2013:
Thomas M. Scalea, M'78

Caravati Service Award
1987:
Robert Hudgens ’53
1988:
Charles Watlington ’58
1989:
Harry I. Johnson, Jr. ’53
1990:
Alton Sharpe ’54
1991:
Wesley C. Bernhart ’53
1992:
Fred T. Given ’53
1993:
E. James Wiley, Jr. ’56
1994:
Carolyn M. McCue ’41
1995:
R.B. Young ’57
1996:
Ruth W. Campbell ’57
1997:
Norris A.L. Royston, Jr. ’73
1998:
John O’Bannon III ’73
1999:
Barry V. Kirkpatrick ’66
2000:
Fred T. Shaia ’65
2000:
Jane Pendleton Wootton ’65
2001:
W. Robert Irby ’48
(posthumously)
2002:
Thomas Eichler ’87
2004:
Frederick Rahal ’53
2005:
George W. Burke III ’70
2006:
Wyatt S. Beazley III ’61
2007:
Clarence Holland ’62
2008:
Jock R. Wheeler ’58
2009:
Michele A. Romano '84
2010:
Domenic A. Sica '75
2011:
John D. Bower '61
2012:
H. George White, Jr., M'62
2013:
David C. Whitehead, M'73
 
Outstanding Basic Health Sciences Alumnus Award
1992:
Cynthia Morton, Ph.D. ’82
Human Genetics
1993:
Frank W. Rockhold, Ph.D. ’78
Biostatistics
1994:
Rodney A. Welch, Ph.D. ’80
Microbiology and Immunology
1995:
John R. Yannelli, Ph.D. ’74
Anatomy
1996:
Not Awarded
 
1997:
Patrick J. Stover, Ph.D. ’90
Biochemistry
1998:
Not Awarded
1999:
Not Awarded
2000:
Glenn D. Hoke, Ph.D. ’80
Biochemistry
2001:
Mary C. Phelan, Ph.D. ’82
Human Genetics
2002:
James W. Putney, Ph.D. ’72
Pharmacology and Toxicology
2003:
Stuart A. Binder-MacLeod, Ph.D. ’88
Physiology and Biophysics
2004:
Eric Klann, Ph.D. ’89
Biochemistry
2005:
Chris G. Glennings, Ph.D. ’87
Biostatistics
2006:
Gregg L. Duester, Ph.D. ’82
Microbiology and Immunology
2007:
Dale L. Morris, Ph.D. ’91
Pharmacology and Toxicology
2008:
Robert S. Moreland, Ph.D. ’82
Physiology and Biophysics
2009:
Eugene S. Medlock, Ph.D. '80
Anatomy and Neurobiology
2010:
David L. Cochran, Ph.D.'82
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2011:
Alphonse Poklis, Ph.D.
Forensic Toxicology
ALUMNI STAR AWARD IN MEDICINE

1989:
Wyndham B. Blanton, Jr., MS'59 (Physio)
Fitzhugh Mayo, M'55

1990:
Suzanne Laychock, PhD'76 (PharmTox)
D. Ware Branch, M'79
1991:
Karl E. Peace, PhD'76 (Biostat)
Lynda Mandell, M'81
1992:

Donald M. Stablein, PhD'79  (Biostat)
Gary D. V. Hankins, M'77

1993:

Richard P. Phipps, M'80 (M&I)
Keith N. Van Arsdalen, M'77

1994:

William D. Dietrich III, PhD'79 (Anatomy)
Richard C. Davis, M'81

1995:

David Lee Cochran, PhD'82 (Biochm)  
Bruce E. Jarrell, H'78

 1997:
Linda R. Watkins, PhD'81 (Physio)
Catherine S. Casey, M'74

1998:
Sandra P. Welch, PhD'86 (PhTox)
John D. Bower, M'61

1999:
Susan M. Carlton, PhD'82 (Anatomy) 
Jeffery K. Taubenberger, M'87, PhD'86

2000:
Gregory Enas, PhD'82 (Biostat)
Earl R. Fox, M'53

2001:
Daniel Jarboe, PhD'88 (Micro)
Milton Ende, M'43 & Norman Ende, M'47

2003:
Kevin L. Holmes, PhD'82 (Anatomy)
Christopher C. Colenda, M'77

2005:
Colleen Jackson-Cook, PhD'85 (HuGen)
Thomas Krummel, M'77

2008:

John Perlin, M'92, PhD'91
Steven Offenbacher, PhD’78 (Biochem)

2011:
Tadataka Yamada, H'74

 

Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award

2013 Recipient: Thomas M. Scalea, M.D., Class of 1978

Dr. Tom ScaleaSince 1997, Dr. Scalea has served as physician-in-chief of the University of Maryland’s R Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center. In this role, he oversees the nation’s first and only integrated trauma hospital, which treats nearly 8,000 patients each year. Under his direction, the center has expanded to include nine intensive care units and more than 100 beds. They also have developed a regional critical care program to serve patients outside of Baltimore.

Dr. Scalea also has shown leadership in partnering with the Air Force to provide essential care to wounded troops. The Shock Trauma Center offers a three week immersion course that prepares physicians, nurses and medical technicians to treat wounded members of the armed service on the battlefield. More than 3,500 Air Force Medics have trained in this program.

In addition, Dr. Scalea traveled to Afghanistan in 2011 to observe the care system in the field and offer recommendations for improvement as well as to Haiti and China to offer help in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes.

 

 

 

 

2012 Recipient: Diane J. Sansonetti, M.D., Class of 1977

Diane Sansonetti, M'77, receives the Outstanding Medical Alumnus AwardDr. Sansonetti first arrived on the MCV Campus as an eager high school student participating in a summer research program with Dr. Richard Lower. She excelled in the program, returned for medical school and found success in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. With Dr. Lower as her mentor, Dr. Sansonetti developed her expertise in the renowned tradition of the MCV Campus’ transplantation program.

In 1987, she was recruited to pioneer the first and only heart transplant program in the state of New Mexico. As the only one of six surgeons in her practice with hands-on transplant experience, Dr. Sansonetti was a tremendous asset to the team and to New Mexico. Because of her work, she was recognized in 1990 with the Trailblazer Award award from the New Mexico governor for opening doors for the future of New Mexico’s women.

Twenty years into her career as a transplant surgeon, she experienced severe joint deterioration and was forced to make a career change. She chose the emerging field of hospice and palliative medicine as an avenue for continuing to care for patients including some who'd been her surgical patients decades before.

Dr. Sansonetti was honored with the Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award at her 35-year reunion celebration. She fondly reflected on her time in Richmond.

“It takes a village of mentors to train a physician. MCV gave me the physical environment and wonderful mentors that were the building blocks of my career in medicine,” she said. “I am intensely proud of how MCV has evolved, and I consider it to be a treasure chest of knowledge.”

 

 

2011 Recipient: Donald M. Poretz, M.D., 1966

Photo of Dr. Poretz with DeanDr. Poretz is a leader in his field of Infectious Diseases serving in a number of esteemed positions including past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America as well as of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. He is currently a partner in private practice and a clinical professor at the School of Medicine’s Inova campus as well as Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Poretz has published over 60 articles sharing his research in clinical studies on AIDS-related infections, new antimicrobials and outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy. He was awarded "Clinician of the Year" in 2004 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

 

 

2010 Recipient: Mark J. Kransdorf, M.D., Class of 1980

Photo of Dr. Mark KransdorfFrom his nomination packet
Through his training in radiologic pahtology and career as a radiologist, Dr. Kransdorf has become one of the world's leading experts in muskuloskeletal radiology.

He is the leading author on one of the reference texts in the field, Bone and Joint Imaging and has authored a second more specialized textbook entitled Imaging of Soft Tissue Tumors. He has devoted himslef to scholarship in the field of Radiology and serves as a munscript editor for Radiology and the American Journal of Roentgenology. He continues to complete scholarly works in the field and has published over 100 manuscripts.

Dr. Kransdorf also posesses a number of other qualities that, while not readily identifiable from his curriculum vitae, have enabled him to make significant, and meaningful, contributions to the field of health care. Within his home institution, he has devoted significant efforts towards resident and fellow education, forming strong ties with those he mentors. He also provides his expertise as a pro bono consultant for difficult cases sent to him by other physicians throughout the country and the world. He displays kindness and respect in all his interactions with members of his department - faculty and staff alike. In light of his professional accomplishments, perhaps most notable is his humility, which serves as an ever-present reminder to those around him that scholarship is its own reward.

 

 

2009 Recipient: James H. Meador-Woodruff, M.D., Class of 1984

Photo of Dr. Jim Meador-WoodruffA member of the Class of 1984, James H. Meador-Woodruff has distinguished himself in his field of Psychiatry. He now holds the Heman E. Drummond Professor and Chair at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, having been named chair of UAB’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology in 2005. Prior to that he was professor and vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and a research professor at the institution’s noted Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute.

He is a national authority on schizophrenia. His investigations into the neurochemical circuitry and gene expression of schizophrenia have produced findings that are chronicled in more than 145 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neural Transmission, BMC Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Research.

In 2007 , Dr. Meador-Woodruff was named the Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychopharmacology. This official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology has an impact factor that places it among the top 5% of psychiatry journals world-wide. A native of Richmond, his honors and awards include an A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Foundation Award, a Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum Rafaelsen Fellowship Award, and a Young Investigator Award from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research.

 

 

2008 Recipient: Richard Henry Dean, M.D., Class of 1968

Photo of Dr. Richard Dean

A member of the Class of 1968, Richard Dean is the President Emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences. He served as President and CEO of WFUHS from November 2001 through June 2007 and Director of the Medical Center from October 1997 through June 2007. He also served as Senior Vice President for Health Affairs at the university and as the Richard T. Myers Professor of Surgery, Director of the Division of Surgical Sciences, and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

As its president and CEO, Dr. Dean led Wake Forest University Health Sciences to a premier position in American medical education. At his retirement during the summer of 2007, the medical school was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 18th in family medicine, 20th in geriatrics, 25th in primary care, and with a National Institutes of Health ranking of 34th in research funding. Since he assumed the CEO post in 2001, clinical activities at Wake Forest more than doubled and research funding went from $98 million to about $200 million a year. The medical school faculty grew from approximately 700 to more than 900.

Dr. Dean has also been a leader in community activities, including serving as the 2007 chairman of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the board of the Piedmont Triad Research Park, an economic development initiative for the region that underwent a 200-acre expansion under Dr. Dean’s leadership. He was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina in August 2007 to serve on the North Carolina State Economic Development Board.

Dr. Dean has had a distinguished career as a vascular surgeon. He has traveled internationally as a distinguished guest lecturer and to perform operative demonstrations. He has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Medical University of Vienna. He is the author or co-author of over 300 articles in scientific journals and chapters in medical texts and has edited five textbooks of general and vascular surgery.

A native of Radford, Virginia, Dr. Dean graduated from VMI before earning his medical degree at MCV in 1968. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Dean obtained his surgical training from Vanderbilt University and then undertook a research fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Northwestern University. In 1975 he joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery and Head, Division of Vascular Surgery. He joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1986, when he also became Chief of Surgery at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He has served as Chairman of the Wake Forest University Physicians, the group practice organization of the School of Medicine clinical faculty.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Association for Academic Health Centers, he is a past president of the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery and the H. William Scott Surgical Society and has served on the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Regents for the National Library of Medicine. He is a member of all major surgical societies and has served on the editorial boards of numerous surgical journals.

 

 

2007 Recipient: Myron “Mike” Levine, M.D., Class of 1967

Caravati Service Award

2013 Recipient: David C. Whitehead, Jr., M.D., Class of 1973

Dr. David WhiteheadAfter earning his medical degree on the MCV Campus, Dr. Whitehead elected to stay on with the Department of Family Medicine for his training before going on to establish his own family practice office with a fellow 1973 classmate. He faithfully served the community of Harrisonburg for 30 years.

After retirement, he returned to Richmond , Dr. Whitehead contributes to the success of the medical school. As a member of the School of Medicine Admissions Committee he helps assemble an outstanding student body and then goes on to guide them as an assistant clinical professor of family medicine. As a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee, David shapes the curriculum that keeps local physicians up to date on the latest medical advances.

He and his wife Janice regularly play hosts to students, faculty and alumni. Last summer, they opened their home for the Richmond Sendoff, the medical school's annual event that welcomes first-year medical students who are native Richmonders. For Reunion Weekend 2013, they hosted the party for the Class of 1973.

 

 

 

2012 Recipient: H. George White, Jr., M.D., Class of 1962

George White, M'62, receives the Caravati Service AwardIn the 50 years since Dr. White’s graduation, the school, medical center and university have benefitted from his leadership specifically through his service as Vice-Rector and Rector of the VCU Board of Visitors and on the Executive Committee of the MCV Hospitals Authority.

Dr. White also served his country for three years as a U.S. Marine, his Winchester, Va., patients for 25 as an orthopaedic surgeon and University of Virginia students for many years as an associate professor. Now retired, he serves as a volunteer physician in the Winchester Free Clinic.

Throughout his career, Dr. White applied his medical education in a way that allowed him to give back to others. On the MCV Hospitals Authority Board, Dr. White brought his practical experience as a front-line surgeon to decisions about providing medical care to patients. During his time on the VCU Board of Visitors, he helped shape VCU’s growth and development as a major urban research university. 

“I’m very interested in medical education and the ethics and practice of education. That’s why I’ve been involved,” Dr. White said. “I want to be a part of ongoing improvements in the way medicine is delivered and the way we treat our patients.”

Dr. White learned first-hand from Dr. Caravati the importance of listening to patients, working hard to provide the best care and seeking wisdom throughout life. Dr. White carries these values with him today, and he hopes through his service to the School of Medicine, he has passed Dr. Caravati’s wisdom onto another generation of physicians.

“One of the things that I recall that he talked about was the importance of listening to your patient,” Dr. White said. “If you listen to your patient long enough, he’ll tell you what is wrong with him and you can come up with the right diagnosis.”

 

2011 Recipient: John D. Bower, M.D., Class of 1961

Photo of Dr. Bower with DeanRenowned for his pioneering efforts in the field of nephrology, not only has Dr. Bower contributed to the training of hundreds of medical students and physicians, but he established Mississippi’s first artificial kidney unit to care for patients with end stage renal disease. He founded the Renal Care Group in efforts to provide accessible dialysis care and also established the Bower Foundation to improve health care access, improve quality care and impact health policy and education around kidney disease. At the University of Mississippi, Dr. Bower has established endowed chairs in nephrology, pediatrics and nursing. He further extended his philanthropy by funding an endowed chair of physiology on the MCV Campus and more recently, Dr. Bower instituted a veterans’ scholarship program at his alma mater, Lynchburg College.

 

 

2010 Recipient: Domenic A. Sica, M.D., Class of 1975

Photo of Dr. Dom Sica with DeanAfter earning his medical degree, Dr. Sica completed a three-year nephrology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and then returned to his alma mater to join the faculty. Today he is chairman of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension, daily demonstrating his dedication to science, his patients and to community service.

Dr. Sica’s research interests include the pharmacotherapy of hypertension, cardiovascular risk factors in adolescent African-Americans, circadian variation in disease states and the pharmacokinetics of drugs in renal failure. He has published extensively with over 650 abstracts, publications and chapters to his credit. He has edited seven books, including serving as co-editor of the recently published second edition of the text Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics. He is a Senior Editor for the Hypertension Primer, which is the primary publication of the American Heart Association on the topic of hypertension, and he has a lengthy record of service and leadership to his field’s professional societies.

His efforts on behalf of patients, students, hosuestaff and junior faculty have been recognized repeatedly with awards for both teaching and clinical care. He is also the inaugural recipient of international and national awards: the Master Clinician Award from the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks and the Marvin Moser Award from the American Society of Hypertension. Also of note is his Hypertension Clinic that is recognized in our region as a go-to resource for patients with hypertension that has proven difficult to treat, with referrals coming from even beyond Virginia’s borders.

In additional to this service to his field and to the future of medicine, Dr. Sica is remarkable for his consistent philanthropic support of our community. His commitment to youth is seen through the Sica Family Single Mother Scholarship that he and his wife established at VCU as well as through his Ram Slam Scholarship Program that has provided over $100,000 in scholarship dollars in the past 11 years to Richmond City high school students who have distinguished themselves through community service and academic excellence. He also has shared his love of the VCU basketball team with the youth of the area, purchasing up to 2,000 tickets per year over the last 10 years to allow kids to attend games. He even combines his two passions (hypertension and sports) by providing free health and blood pressure screenings before games.

 

 

2009 Recipient: Michele A. Romano, M.D., Class of 1984

Photo of Dr. Michele Romano with DeanMichele A. Romano is a former ICU nurse who re-directed her career when she enterred medical school as a member of the Class of 1984.  After earning her degree, Dr. Romano stayed in the VCU medical school family to complete her residency training at the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health’s Fairfax location.  She has gone on to serve her alma mater ably.

In 2002, Dr. Romano was appointed by then-Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner to the VCU Board of Visitors, where we are very grateful to have a physician and an alumnus advocating for issues that are important to the medical school.  In this past year in which the university has had to tackle some very difficult challenges, she has served as vice rector of the governing body. 

Her perspective as a health-care provider has also been called upon through her service on the VCU Health System Board of Directors.  In addition, she has served on the Medical School Advisory Council, the School of Medicine’s National Campaign Council, and on the Alumni Board of Directors for the MCVAA’s Medical Division.  

An assistant clinical professor in the medical school's Department of Family Practice since 1991, Dr. Romano is in private practice in family medicine in Northern Virginia.  At Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, in Fairfax, she served as chairman of the Department of Family Practice for three years and on the Medical Executive Committee for six.

 

 

2008 Recipient:

Jock Rodgers Wheeler, M.D., F.A.C.S., Class of 1958

Photo of Dr. Jock Wheeler

Embodying the standards of the Caravati Service Award, Jock Wheeler has faithfully served both his alma mater and his local community. This member of the Class of 1958 served a two-year term as Director of the Medical Division of the MCV Alumni Association. In addition, he contributed his time and leadership during his tenures on the Medical School Advisory Council, on the MCV Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees, and as past-president of the Humera Surgical Society.

Dr. Wheeler’s commitments stretch beyond his alma mater to the Norfolk community that he has always called home. Today, Dr. Wheeler is a Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he also served as Dean and Provost. Dr. Wheeler had been on the school’s faculty since 1974 but had been chair of the Department of Surgery at EVMS for only a matter of months when a request came in 1994 for him to take the helm of the school. Though he did not seek the role, Dr. Wheeler answered the call, and for five years devoted himself to providing needed leadership.

For 22 years, Dr. Wheeler served as chief of vascular surgery at Medical Center Hospitals, which would go on to become Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. In addition, Dr. Wheeler served as Chief of the Division of Vascular and Renal Transplant Surgery at EVMS and as a consultant in vascular surgery for the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth. The Norfolk community was greatly benefited by Dr. Wheeler’s initiative as he established important and life-saving services, such as EVMS’ vascular research program and the kidney transplant program at EVMS and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

A native of Hampton and a Virginia Military Institute graduate, Dr. Wheeler came to MCV for both medical school as well as surgery training under Dr. David Hume’s tutelage. He went on to the Westminster Hospital in the United Kingdom to complete a fellowship in transplant and immunity, and early in his career served three years in the Navy as a flight surgeon. Dr. Wheeler is past-president of the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery and of the Virginia Vascular Society, of which he is a founding member. He has authored nearly 80 articles in scientific journals and five textbook chapters and has traveled nationally and internationally to present on vascular surgery innovations as well as on topics in medical education.

 

 

2007 Recipient: Clarence Holland, M.D., Class of 1962

Photo of Dr. Clarence Holland

 

 

 

Outstanding Basic Health Sciences Alumnus Award

 

2011 Recipient: Alphonse Poklis, Ph.D.

Photo of Dr. Poklis

In recognition of his 23 years of service in the Department of Pathology and to commemorate his legacy and contribution to the community of forensic toxicology, Dr. Poklis was bestowed an honorary membership in the VCU and MCV Alumni Associations and was recognized as the Basic Health Sciences' Outstanding Alumnus Awardee.

 

 

2010 Recipient: David L. Cochran, Ph.D. '82
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Photo of Dr. David CochranAfter graduating from the University of Virginia, David L. Cochran arrived on the MCV Campus, where he earned both a D.D.S. and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He later trained in Periodontology at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Cochran is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Periodontics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dental School. Prior to his appointment at San Antonio, Dr. Cochran was Director of Postgraduate Periodontics at the dental school on VCU's MCV campus.

Dr. Cochran is a member of many professional dental organizations, and currently is Past-President of the American Academy of Periodontology and Treasurer of the Academy of Osseointegration. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, and a fellow of the American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry. Dr. Cochran has published numerous scientific articles and abstracts on various periodontal biochemistry and implant topics. He has received awards for his research work at both the national and international levels. Dr. Cochran is an active basic science and clinical researcher who has received funding from both the NIH and private industry.

 

 

2009 Recipient: Eugene S. Medlock, Ph.D. '80,
Anatomy and Neurobiology

BHS Outstanding Award Winner MedlockIn 1980, Dr. Medlock earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, subsequently pursuing postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Afterward, he joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut Health Center to study the development of T and B lymphocyte lineage cells, a field in which he made many important contributions. 

In 1987, Dr. Medlock joined Amgen where he spearheaded significant basic science discovery programs aimed at identifying and biologically characterizing unique genes from the company's genomics program.  His studies generated more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple USPTO patents.  Dr. Medlock became a lead member of the scientific team overseeing Amgen’s corporate and scientific interactions with other companies in the development of therapeutic antibody products, which ultimately led to the development of Amgen’s lead therapeutic antibody AMG 162, Denosumab™, presently in Phase III clinical trials, and was instrumental in establishing over a dozen similar antibody programs at Amgen which have progressed to the investigational new drug stage of development. 

Following his retirement from Amgen in 2002, Dr. Medlock used his biological innovation and creativity to influence the corporate world, serving as President and Founder of Medlock Investments Management Incorporated, where he provides consulting services to the biotechnology arena, while also providing start-up funding to unique business opportunities.

 

 

2008 Recipient: Robert S. Moreland, Ph.D. ’82,
Physiology and Biophysics

In 1981, Dr. Moreland earned his Ph.D. in Physiology. Today, he is a Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and Program Director of the Graduate Research Program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Moreland’s research to determine how smooth muscle function is regulated, particularly the regulation of vascular and urinary bladder smooth muscle, has won $6.5 million in grant support. Dr. Moreland has authored over 50 articles and 50 abstracts, one textbook and 9 book chapters. He also has been invited to travel extensively in connection with the presentation of his research.

Dr. Moreland serves on NIH study sections and review panels as well as on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology. He has also served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Vascular Research and for American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

 

2011 Recipient: Frederick T. Given, Jr., M.D. '53
MCV Alumni Association’s Hodges-Kay Service Award

Photo of Dr. Fred GivenThe Class of 1953's Fred Given was honored with the MCV Alumni Assoiation's Hodges-Kay Service Award. Presented to a graduate of the MCV Campus, the award recognizes service to the MCV Alumni Association and participation in the activities of the association, their schooland/or the University.

Dr. Given is a model of that type of service. During his tenure as a president of the MCV Alumni Association, among his many accomplishments, he was responsible for preserving the alumni house and moving it to its current location. He also has served the Norfolk community as an obstetrician/gynecologist for many years. He is widely published and has been a faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School since 1973, including serving as professor and director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.