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Distinguished Alumni Awards

2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Awards were given at the DAA ceremony June 7, 2013

Achievement

BuckwalterGene Abel
61BA, 65MD

Gene Abel is a renowned psychiatrist, educator, and pioneer in child sexual abuse prevention research. Devoting his career to developing a systematic approach to this serious problem, he has mentored a generation of mental health professionals, authored more than 130 publications, founded the nonprofit Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute, and developed seven testing instruments to help evaluate and treat adults with a range of deviant sexual behaviors. His Abel Assessment Instruments for Sexual Interest™ set the standard in the field. The Diana Screen®, which he developed over a 20-year period, offers communities new sexual safety for children by giving childcare organizations the ability to screen potentially sexually abusive caregivers before they are hired. Abel is currently a professor at Emory University School of Medicine and at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

 

CruzAnn Harwood-Nuss
70BS, 73MD

Ann Harwood-Nuss is widely regarded as one of the early pioneers in the specialty of emergency medicine. She directed one of the nation’s first emergency medicine residency programs and subsequently was involved in establishing the University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine. As a professor of emergency medicine there for more than 30 years, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award and had a resident advocate award named in her honor. During the course of her career, Harwood-Nuss’ name became synonymous with emergency medicine education. She has written and edited numerous publications, most notably one of the standard textbooks used in many emergency medicine residency programs. She is currently professor emeritus at the University of Florida.

 

Service

McGowanDouglas Laube
74MD, 74R-Obstetrics-Gynecology, 78MA

Douglas Laube’s career epitomizes service to others. As a skilled teacher and advocate for students, he has received an unprecedented number of awards and honors. His professional commitment is exemplified in the multiple offices he has held for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). He served as ACOG president, a national honor and a role that contributed to improved health care for millions of women. He has worked closely with the U.S. government to reduce maternal mortality around the world, including teaching Afghan midwives safer obstetrical care. Laube is a professor and former chair of the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

CaplanJames Merchant
66MD

An accomplished physician, scientist, academic executive, educator, and public policy advocate, James Merchant is a recognized leader in the public health and health care communities. His expertise in public policy issues has enabled him to make a positive impact on public and rural health based on his research and his advocacy for federal and state legislative initiatives. He is the founder and head of several occupational and environmental health centers and research programs at the University of Iowa, and he served as the founding dean of the UI College of Public Health. His commitment to public service is reflected in the numerous awards and honors he has received, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is currently a professor in the UI Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing.

 

Early Career Achievement

McGowanChris Buresh
01MD, 06R-Emergency Medicine

Shortly after graduation, the medical school friendship between Chris Buresh and Josh White grew into a partnership devoted to serving the people of Haiti. After several medical relief trips to Haiti, they launched a primary care initiative for some of that country’s most remote populations, which brought continuity of care through recurring visits to the same villages in the mountains of Haiti. Following the earthquake of January 2010, Buresh and White set up a primitive field hospital and headed a team that saw more than 30,000 Haitian patients, performed over 800 surgeries, and delivered more than 250 babies. Their non-profit Community Health initiative, Haiti, continues to strive to provide quality health care for the Haitian people. Currently, Buresh is a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine. White is an emergency medicine physician at Gifford Medical Center in Vermont and at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

 

McGowanKenneth Staley
04MD

Combining his medical and public policy education, Ken Staley worked at senior levels in the U.S. government soon after graduation. As director for biodefense policy at the White House Homeland Security Council, he was a principal contributor to the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza and led the development and execution of the implementation plan that translated the strategy into specific actions, deliverables, and metrics to guide the nation’s preparedness. This first-of-its-kind implementation plan ultimately helped the U.S. government and the nation be better prepared for the influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 virus in 2009. His effectiveness led to his appointment as acting deputy assistant secretary of state for counter-proliferation at the U.S. Department of State and his current position as director for business model innovation at Medtronic.

 

McGowanJoshua White
01MD

Shortly after graduation, the medical school friendship between Chris Buresh and Josh White grew into a partnership devoted to serving the people of Haiti. After several medical relief trips to Haiti, they launched a primary care initiative for some of that country’s most remote populations, which brought continuity of care through recurring visits to the same villages in the mountains of Haiti. Following the earthquake of January 2010, Buresh and White set up a primitive field hospital and headed a team that saw more than 30,000 Haitian patients, performed over 800 surgeries, and delivered more than 250 babies. Their non-profit Community Health initiative, Haiti, continues to strive to provide quality health care for the Haitian people. Currently, Buresh is a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine. White is an emergency medicine physician at Gifford Medical Center in Vermont and at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

 

University of Iowa Alumni Association Awards

The University of Iowa Alumni Association will also honor two medicine alumni this year with their Distinguished Alumni Award. Honorees include: Robert Schreck (71BS, 74MD) and Robert Soper (52MD). Click here to view more information about the UIAA honorees.

 

Contact

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