In recognition of his pioneering role in the hospice movement in the United States and his research to improve end-of-life care for cancer patients, Frederick Meyers, professor of medicine and pathology and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has been elected a master of the American College of Physicians, the nation's largest medical-specialty organization. Only 584 individuals hold the distinction worldwide. The college cited Meyers' role as "an internationally known researcher in hematology and oncology, credited with pioneering the hospice movement within the academic setting."
Huntington's Disease Society of America's Northern California Regional Office honored UC Davis Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire Pomeroy for her leadership in advancing educational innovation, translational research and patient care of Huntington's disease at UC Davis Health System.
UC Davis is a Center of Excellence for the disease – one of only 17 centers in the country designated by the HDSA. Associate professor of neurology Vicki Wheelock is the center's director. The center offers predictive testing, diagnosis and management of symptomatic Huntington's disease, nursing home outreach and community outreach and clinical trials.
Ten-year-old UC Davis patient Francesca Arnaudo was chosen as California's representative in the Champions Across America tour, an awareness campaign to highlight the vital work of the nation's 170 Children's Miracle Network hospitals. The fifth-grader from Ripon, Calif., joined 49 other young "champions" from around the country in a press conference at the White House to share stories of medical triumph. Francesca was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 6, and acute myeloid leukemia at age 8. Today, following four years of treatment at UC Davis Children's Hospital, Francesca is free of both cancers.
U.S.News & World Report once again included the UC Davis School of Medicine as among the best in the country for primary care and research in the magazine's annual list of America's best graduate schools. Among medical schools, the publication ranks UC Davis as 30th in primary care and 49th in research.
Shagufta Yasmeen, a UC Davis assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was honored with the 2007 American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award. Yasmeen is the founder and director of the Shifa Clinic, a free clinic of UC Davis Health System run by UC Davis medical students that provides free health-care services to the uninsured population of Sacramento. The clinic specializes in serving Middle Eastern and East Indian communities, and provides interpretation in Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic, Hindi and Farsi.
The UC Davis Foundation presented this year's Charles J. Soderquist Award, established to honor the late UC Davis alumnus and Sacramento-area entrepreneur, educator and philanthropist, to retired orthopaedic surgeon Michael W. Chapman and his wife, Betty. The honor recognizes Chapman's scientific contributions and the couple's philanthropic efforts, which have resulted so far in raising $9 million, including a $1 million pledge the couple has made to fund the Surgery and Emergency Services Pavilion.