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2014 Awards Recipients

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

2014 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service

NY Presbyterian

Years before the Affordable Care Act, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) began pioneering models for accountable population-based health care in Washington Heights-Inwood, a predominantly underserved Hispanic neighborhood of more than 200,000. Today, NYP is refining its successful model for adaptability to neighborhoods across the United States. Integral to NYP’s journey is its significant investment in the healthy future of neighborhood children and adolescents. In partnership with Columbia University Medical Center, NYP built a network of school-based health clinics that provide mental health and primary care services to more than 7,000 students.

Charles L. Bardes, M.D.

2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award


A dedicated humanist and physician educator, Dr. Bardes has received 27 teaching awards, making him the most decorated teacher in the history of Weill Cornell Medical College. His exemplary career in medical education includes serving as the medicine clerkship director for more than 17 years, until he recently transitioned to focus his efforts on implementation of the school’s new medical education curriculum. Colleagues, students, and patients attest that Dr. Bardes’ success as a medical educator can be attributed to his thoughtfulness and keen awareness of the varied elements that comprise a whole and complete person, in addition to his ability to convey these insights to others.
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Bernard Karnath, M.D.

2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award


A devotee of Sir William Osler, Dr. Karnath is an enthusiastic educator and zealous advocate for patient-centered medicine. Since joining the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) faculty in 1997, he has been heavily involved in developing multiple educational curricula and ensuring that it imparts in students the art of the practice and the value of bedside diagnostic skills. Dr. Karnath has a passion for clinical care, which is evident in his dedication to patients. In addition to his clinical practice, he volunteers at St. Vincent’s clinic, the UTMB student-run, free clinic that cares for the medically underserved in Galveston County.
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Randall King, M.D., Ph.D.

2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

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A consummate researcher, Dr. King initiates investigation and innovation in the laboratory, classroom, and across the curriculum at Harvard Medical School, where he is the Harry C. McKenzie Professor of Cell Biology. Among other achievements, he spurred the development of a postdoctoral training program for scientists interested in education careers, created a fully annotated syllabus with detailed learning objectives for each activity, and established patient clinics to integrate basic science with clinical medicine. Dr. King was also an integral member of a task force that resulted in a major curriculum redesign of the four-year M.D. program. He is a proven leader in educational innovation.
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Emma A. Meagher, M.D.

2014 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

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Dr. Meagher has a reputation for being a tireless teacher, mentor, and curricular innovator. In 1999, she redesigned the medical school’s formerly fragmented pharmacology curriculum and developed a global online pharmacology curriculum as part of a partnership with Coursera. Her efforts resulted in a highly effective approach that ensures integrated pharmacology education across all four years of medical education at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as associate professor. Dr. Meagher’s exceptional talent as an educator has been recognized many times over by her students, fellow faculty, school administrators, and the university.
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Cynthia Haq, M.D.

2014 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award


Growing up in Indiana and Pakistan, Cynthia Haq, M.D., took great interest in people around her who were living in poverty. Today, at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and around the world, she is known for her humanistic and compassionate care of medically underserved populations. Her commitment to improving global health is steadfast. Since her first job as a practicing physician, Dr. Haq has been committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered health care to the most marginalized world citizens, and she helped establish the first family medicine residency programs in Pakistan, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
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Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.

2014 Herbert W. Nickens Award

Lisa Cooper

Dr. Cooper revolutionized the nation’s understanding of how race and ethnicity affect health and patient care. Through her work at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, she has identified precise inequities in how racial and ethnic minority patients perceive their health care providers and access the health system. She also has worked diligently to achieve health parity by partnering with these minority populations on community-tailored solutions. The Liberian-born internist’s passion for human dignity and equality began during childhood, when she was witness to and victim of discrimination and violence. Dr. Cooper remains a tireless and dedicated advocate for justice and human equality.
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A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc.

2014 David E. Rogers Award


Since 1979, Dr. Washington, dean of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, has coupled his passion for a better health and health care future with his exceptional talents in clinical investigation, public policy, and leadership to improve the lives of millions of Americans, particularly the medically underserved. A quintessential public servant, he has worked to improve the nation’s health by holding posts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two academic health centers, and multiple professional and government boards and committees.
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James P. Allison, Ph.D.

2014 Award for Distinguished Research in Biomedical Sciences

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As an adolescent, Dr. Allison was a fiercely inquisitive and challenging student—often arguing with his teachers on creationism. Fortunately, his natural inclinations were nurtured and he grew up to be a skilled scientist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where his staunch determination has revolutionized cancer treatment. Dr. Allison’s mother died of lymphoma when he was 11, he lost more than one uncle to cancer, and in 2005, his brother died of prostate cancer, a disease he himself has survived. His tenacity in discovering how science benefits the patient makes him a highly sought-after researcher.
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James O. Woolliscroft, M.D.

2014 Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education


Dr. Woolliscroft has been leading medical education transformation for more than three decades. He quickly earned a reputation as a pioneer in medical education upon joining the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1980, where he now serves as dean and the Lyle C. Roll Professor of Medicine. Dr. Woolliscroft is a talented mentor who inspires in others a passion for educating. He was among the first to advocate for moving the paradigm of medical education from knowledge acquisition to performance-based metrics, and to champion community settings as core sites for training medical students.

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