HONORS AND AWARDS
Postdoctoral Scholars award
Erdemileg Anuurad, a researcher in the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine, received an award for excellence in postdoctoral research from the UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars Association and the Office of Graduate Studies. Anuurad has made significant contributions in identifying genetic and metabolic risk factors in heart disease and diabetes. He currently is studying within the UC Davis Mentored Clinical Research Training Program, part of the NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Center.
Imaging academy award
Simon Cherry, professor of biomedical engineering, has received a Distinguished Basic Scientist Award from the Academy of Molecular Imaging. Cherry delivered an invited lecture on his research in developing imaging technologies at the group's annual meeting, and, in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of molecular imaging, received a $7,500 award.
Barry Tharp, UC Davis pediatric neurology professor, received the 2008 Herbert H. Jasper Award from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society to recognize Tharp's lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of clinical neurophysiology.
Tharp is a general pediatric neurologist and electroencephalographer with particular interests in neonatal neurology, epilepsy and autism.
UC Davis best doctors
One hundred eight UC Davis Health System physicians have been identified as being among the United States' best doctors by Best Doctors, Inc., an organization that bases its selections on surveys of other physicians. The 2007 list includes UC Davis doctors from cardiology; family medicine; gastroenterology; infectious disease; internal medicine; nephrology; neurology; nuclear medicine; obstetrics and gynecology; oncology and hematology; ophthalmology; orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology; pediatrics; plastic surgery; psychiatry, pulmonary and critical care; radiation oncology; radiology; rheumatology; allergy and clinical immunology; surgery; and urology.
Consumers ran UC Davis best
For the ninth consecutive year, the National Research Corporation has named UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's top hospitals in its list of 2007-08 Consumer Choice Award winners. The NRC's annual Healthcare Market Guide reports on consumer perceptions of multiple quality and image ratings. Winning facilities rank highest in their Metropolitan Statistical Areas. For the Sacramento region, UC Davis Medical Center was voted as having the highest overall quality and image.
Organ donation increase
UC Davis Medical Center is among nearly 400 of the nation's largest hospitals recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their success in increasing organ donation rates at its facilities. The department's Medal of Honor for Organ Donation was awarded for achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. For 2006, its conversion rate – the percentage of potential donors who become actual donors was 79.4 percent.
$10,000 AMA scholarship
D. Matthew Fentress, a fourth-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has received a $10,000 Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship from the American Medical Association Foundation. Fentress served as student co-director of the Shifa Community Clinic and co-founded an elective introductory course on interpretive medicine for first- and second-year students.
New academy president
Robert Hendren, executive director of the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry for the UC Davis School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He will serve a two-year term through October 2009. Hendren's predecessor in the position was Thomas Anders, UC Davis professor emeritus and former executive associate dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. It is the first time in the academy's history that consecutive presidents were from the same institution.