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2012 Awards Recipients

University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

2012 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service

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Community service has been part of the culture at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine since its physicians treated thousands of San Franciscans in need after the Great Earthquake of 1906. Since then, UCSF has strengthened its commitment to service by building lasting partnerships with the community and by creating alignment across the entire UCSF enterprise. 

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Ruth-Marie (Rhee) E. Fincher, M.D.

2012 Abraham Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education


Over three decades, Dr. Fincher has worked to link medical education to the rigor of science, one of Flexner’s most important tenets. Early in her career at the Medical College of Georgia the founding school of Georgia Health Sciences University, she identified a need for a nationally recognized career development track for faculty to focus on medical education and went on to co-found two organizations to promote excellence in clinical education.

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Bruce F. Giffin, Ph.D., M.S.

2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award


From his passion for teaching to his service as an advocate for medical education, Dr. Giffin personifies dedication. His leadership and devotion at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine earn high marks from students and faculty alike.

Richard B. Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award


As professor and vice chairman of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Gunderman works with second- and fourth-year students in a radiology clerkship he helped design. Not only is he an engaged and effective classroom teacher, but Dr. Gunderman is also known for being an educational innovator and has written one of the best-selling radiology textbooks in the English language.

Brian D. Hodges, M.D., Ph.D.

2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Brian Hodges

Advancing the science of medical education, has become the passion of Dr. Hodges’ career. He has advocated for seminal change in medical education, including a balance between the traditional, four-year model and an outcomes-based approach focused on demonstrable clinical skills and learning objectives making him a leader both at home and abroad.

Amy L. Wilson-Delfosse, Ph.D.

2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Wislon Delfosse

At Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, Dr. Wilson-Delfosse is known for being a natural collaborator and teacher, whether in the classroom or in the lab. As associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and assistant dean for basic science education, she is an acclaimed educator, receiving numerous teaching awards from both faculty and students.

Chin-To Fong, M.D.

2012 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Chin-To Fong, M.D.

A geneticist by training, Dr. Fong understands more than the cause of genetic disease—he understands the importance of being a compassionate physician and helps students realize early on that a genetic disease is not just an enzyme deficiency or a chromosomal anomaly.

Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D.

2012 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences


Dr. Gordon has pioneered research into how the tens of trillions of microbes in the human gut and their millions of genes shape our physiology, metabolism, and nutritional status. His work ultimately could have implications for global efforts to combat a variety of diseases, including obesity and malnutrition. 

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Ralph Snyderman, M.D.

2012 David E. Rogers Award


Recognized as the father of personalized medicine, Dr. Snyderman has played a pivotal role in improving the nation’s health over the past 40 years. During his 15-year tenure as chancellor for health affairs and dean of Duke University School of Medicine, he led the development of the university's health system as the founding president and CEO, establishing an overarching mission that led to the design of innovative models of health care delivery.

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David E. Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D.

2012 Herbert W. Nickens Award

David Hayes-Bautista

Medical sociologist Dr. Hayes-Bautista has spent 40 years working to understand and improve the health of Latinos by conducting high-quality research and educating others.  He is a highly regarded expert on Latino health, frequently appearing in print, radio, and television interviews, while also making dozens of presentations a year.