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Stanford Report, June 14, 2000

Awardees announced at Medical School convocation  


This year's winner of a prized faculty award for patient care and the student winners of two special department awards for exceptional dedication and excellence were announced by Vice President of the Medical Center and Medical School Dean Eugene A. Bauer, MD, at School of Medicine convocation ceremonies, Sunday, June 11.

The Alwin C. Rambar-James B.D. Mark Award for Excellence in Patient Care was presented at the convocation to Sandra J. Horning, MD, professor of medicine (oncology/bone marrow transplantation).

"Dr. Horning is an outstanding physician, which this award recognizes," Karl G. Blume, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation, said earlier. "She is a national and international leader in lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease therapy. She is compassionate in the care she provides her patients and a leader in clinical research at Stanford. She is a wonderful person to work with," said Blume, who has worked with Horning treating patients and designing and performing research studies for 13 years at Stanford.

Horning received her MD in 1975 from the University of Iowa and completed her residency training at the University of Rochester. She joined Stanford in 1978 as a medical oncology fellow. In 1990 she became a tenured associate professor, and in 1998 she achieved the rank of professor. Her clinical research focuses on Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with the aim of improving therapeutic outcomes and reducing complications as well as understanding the underlying biology of these diseases.

The recipient of the Rambar-Mark award is chosen by a committee of faculty and community physicians, house staff, students, nursing personnel and patient relations representatives. The yearly award honors a Stanford medical faculty member for "compassion in dealing with patients and their families, excellence in providing medical treatment and effectiveness and pleasantness in interactions with ancillary patient-care staffs."

The family of the late Alwin C. Rambar, MD, a former Chicago pediatrician who in his later years was associated with Stanford's Department of Pediatrics, established the Rambar award in 1985. The prize became the Rambar-Mark award in 1997 upon the retirement of Rambar's son-in-law, James B.D. Mark, MD, Stanford cardiothoracic surgeon and Johnson & Johnson Professor of Surgery (emeritus).

Emma Morton-Bours, MD, was named the winner of the Allen B. Barbour Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine. The Barbour award is given to a graduating medical student by the Department of Medicine for "commitment to continuous self-improvement, meticulous care of patients and concern for the whole person." Elliott S. Wolfe, MD, associate dean for student affairs, noted earlier that Morton-Bours' internal medicine clerkship directors, attending physicians and residents all agree that she is one of this year's most accomplished students, demonstrating the "rare combination of intellect, judgment and personality that are the attributes of the ideal physician."

Presented yearly since 1994, the Barbour award was established in memory of longtime faculty member Allen Barbour, MD, who died in 1993. Barbour, author of Caring for Patients: A Critique of the Medical Model (Stanford University Press 1994), was known for his extraordinary devotion to patient advocacy, patient-centered medicine and humanistic care.

Joonhong Min, MD, was named the winner of the Norman Blank, MD Award. Presented by the Department of Radiology, the Blank award recognizes a graduating medical student for outstanding performance in radiology or radiology research. About Min, Wolfe earlier noted that his achievements in medical school have been exemplary and his clinical acumen is "far advanced, indicative of his future accomplishments in the practice of medicine" and especially in the field of radiology.

Given for the first time last year, the Blank award was established in memory of eminent radiologist Norman Blank, MD, a longtime faculty member and director of Medical School admissions who died in 1998. Blank was known for his exceptional clinical skills and encyclopedic knowledge of medicine as well as his dedication on behalf of medical students and radiology residents.

The recipients of other prizes awarded to the faculty and announced at Sunday's convocation ceremonies were included in an article in the June 7 Medical Center Report. SR