Janice K. Hillman, MD, was selected by the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians for its Clinical Practice Award, which recognizes Fellows and Masters of the ACP who exhibit dedication to excellence in patient care, education, research, community service, and their ACP chapter.
Carl H. June, MD, director of Translational Research in Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, will receive the 2012 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize from the American Society of Hematology. June will receive the prize along with Bruce Blazar, MD, of the University of Minnesota for their significant advances in the field of bone marrow transplantation and adoptive immunotherapy.
L. Scott Levin, MD, chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Penn Hand Transplant Program, was elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. As an ACS regent, Levin will work closely with other members of the Board of Regents to assist in formulating policy of research, health-care delivery, and continued education for surgeons. Regents are members of the College who have demonstrated outstanding integrity and medical statesmanship along with a devotion to the highest principles of surgical practice.
Daniel J. Rader, MD, chief of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, has received the American Heart Association’s Clinical Research Prize for developing new methods to identify factors regulating the metabolism of fat particles in the bloodstream and testing their impact on the development of atherosclerosis. Rader has spent the last two decades working in the field of lipoprotein biology and atherosclerosis and is a widely recognized international leader in this field.
Parvati Ramchandani, MD, section chief, Genitourinary Radiology, was selected by the American Association for Women Radiologists as the 2012 recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award for outstanding contributions to the field of radiology. Ramchandani was chosen for her service in numerous leadership and mentorship roles in the specialty.
Brian Strom, MD, MPH, executive vice dean for Institutional Affairs, has been selected to chair the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Consequences of Sodium Reduction in Populations. The Committee will evaluate the results and study design and methodologies used to assess the relationship between sodium and health outcomes in literature.
H. Lee Sweeney, PhD, chair of Physiology, has been named the inaugural director of Penn’s Center of Orphan Disease Research and Therapy. The Center’s primary mission is to expedite the translational science and development of novel therapies for rare and orphan diseases, ie, those affected by fewer than 200,000 people. For much of his career, Sweeney has studied the mechanisms that help control muscle function to gain a better understanding of ways to thwart muscle deterioration caused by age and degenerative diseases and to promote muscle growth.