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AAMC to Honor National Award Recipients

Washington, D.C., October 27, 2010—The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) will award national recognition to 10 individuals and two medical schools for their outstanding contributions to academic medicine and the global community.  The awards will be presented on Saturday, November 6, during the association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit

The awardees are:

Tulane University School of Medicine
Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service

Five years ago, it was Hurricane Katrina. This year, it was the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. In both cases, the faculty and students of Tulane University School of Medicine went beyond the call of duty to find opportunities to serve those in need.

Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Herbert W. Nickens Award

Whether promoting diversity in medical education, raising the national consciousness on race relations, or leading the way in children’s mental health, Dr. Poussaint’s personal narrative is intertwined with teachable moments in both academic medicine and American history.

George R. Buchanan, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award

Dr. Buchanan always keeps the patient front-of-mind, whether he’s implementing a prophylactic penicillin regimen for sickle cell patients—an innovation he developed as a resident—or helping to make Texas the third state to test for the disease at birth.

John A. Benson Jr., M.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education

Through his extraordinary contributions to the board certification process, medical education, and academic medicine, Dr. Benson has proven his dedication to the vision of Abraham Flexner.

Harry R. Kimball, M.D., University of Washington School of Medicine

Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education

For more than 40 years, Dr. Kimball has advanced the principles of professionalism—commitment to patient welfare, patient autonomy, and social justice—in all aspects of his diverse medical career.

David Ginsburg, M.D., University of Michigan Medical School

Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences

In addition to being certified in four different specialties—hematology, oncology, internal medicine, and clinical genetics—Dr. Ginsburg is an internationally recognized researcher who “…has transformed the genetics of hemostasis and thrombosis."

Patricia A. Gabow, M.D., Denver Health

David E. Rogers Award
As Denver Health’s chief executive officer—a position she’s held for nearly two decades—Dr. Gabow oversees a high-performance health system that cares for one-fourth of all adults and 40 percent of all children in the Denver metropolitan area, nearly half of whom are uninsured

Gary L. Dunnington, M.D., Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

A surgical oncologist, Dr. Dunnington is J. Roland Folse Professor and chair of surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and what his students call an “educator’s educator.”

Duane E. Haines, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center
Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Described as “a true scholar with a great heart for students,” Dr. Haines also teaches at the graduate level and has expanded his sphere of influence to include dental neuroanatomy, physical therapy neuroanatomy, and nurses in the neuroscience clinical specialties.

John W. Pelley, Ph.D., Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Pelley, an associate professor of cell biology and biochemistry at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, has devoted his career to studying how medical students learn—before and after they step foot into medical school.

James R. Stallworth, M.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award

In addition to teaching in his role as associate professor of pediatrics, Dr. Stallworth also serves as assistant dean of admissions and director of student recruitment, where he helps shape the school’s student body and facilitates “relationships with health professions advisors on undergraduate campuses in the state and region.”

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Special Award of Exceptional Service

Following the widespread devastation wrought by the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 12, 2010, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine laid the foundation for what would become one of the most successful post-disaster emergency medical responses ever mounted by a university.


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at


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