HONORS AND AWARDS
New state EMS director
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Steven Tharratt, professor of medicine and anesthesiology, director of the state's Emergency Medical Services Authority. In that role, Tharratt oversees administration of a statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention and disaster medical response. Tharratt, who is also vice chief in the UC Davis Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, has served as medical director for the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services and the Sacramento City and County fire departments. He also has been associate regional medical director for the California Poison Control System since 1989.
Career development award
Linking Education to Economic Development (LEED), a nonprofit organization in the Sacramento region that encourages partnerships among business, labor, education, community and government, presented UC Davis its award for outstanding dedication to educational partnerships in honor of the health system's efforts to make students aware of health-care opportunities. Some of the ways that the health system builds awareness includes providing speakers from the health-care industry to the Sacramento High School of Engineering, Math and Health Sciences; sponsoring an annual National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, and conducting the Saturday Academy, where high school students get a sampling of medical-school curricula.
Community health role honored
Campus Compact, an organization of over 1,000 college and university presidents, presented pediatrician Richard Pan with the 2008 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. Pan was honored for his work with Communities and Physicians Together, which educates resident physicians on working in the community to promote population health. As part of the program, UC Davis is partnering with nine community organizations in the Sacramento region to improve the health and well-being of their neighborhoods.
Fulbright grant to fund research in Kenya
A passion for global health, dedication to science and a commitment to humanitarianism have led to a 10-month Fulbright grant in Kenya for UC Davis student, Laura Dickson. A malaria researcher in the laboratory of School of Medicine associate professor Shirley Luckhart, Dickson will be screening blood samples from people in western Kenya who are infected with HIV and malaria. Dickson is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in global and international studies.
School of Medicine research award
Sally Rogers, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2008 UC Davis School of Medicine Research Award. The award includes a $350 stipend and a $15,000 fellowship. Rogers has published nearly 150 scientific articles, books and book chapters. A recent publication cited her as one of the 20 most productive autism researchers over the past decade. During her six years at UC Davis, Rogers has published almost half of her 94 peer-reviewed papers and has co-authored two books, "Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Clinicians" and "Imitation and the Social Mind: Autism in Typical Development."
Best hospital again
For the 16th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked UC Davis Medical Center among the nation's top 50 hospitals in its annual survey of more than 5,000 hospitals nationwide. This year, UC Davis Medical Center ranked 40th in orthopaedics. Each year, the magazine ranks hospitals and medical centers in a range of specialties, using results from a survey of physician specialists, number of Medicare patients seen, and care-related quality measures such as patient volume, availability of nurses, advanced technology and credentialing by professional organizations. UC Davis has been among the top 50 in the magazine's survey for every year it has been evaluated.
Lifetime achievement award
Ted Cohen, manager of clinical engineering at UC Davis Medical Center, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Clinical Engineering. Cohen is the editor of the American College of Clinical Engineering's newsletter and has taught courses and published extensively in several medical-technology subject areas. Cohen developed, co-wrote and edited the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation book, "Computerized Maintenance Management Systems for Clinical Engineering," in 1994 and its updated second edition in 2003.
Integrative medicine award
The American College for Advancement in Medicine has presented internal medicine researcher Ishwarlal Jialal with the Linus Pauling Award for notable achievement in the field of integrative medicine. Jialal, who is the Robert E. Stowell Endowed Chair in Experimental Pathology and director of the Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research, was specifically recognized for his extensive and groundbreaking research with vitamin E and vascular disease. In addition, Jialal investigates cardiovascular pathology, lipoprotein metabolism, free-radical biology and mechanisms of antioxidant actions as they relate to atherosclerosis.