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Stanford Report, May 21, 2003

Medical center people

Linda Cork, DVM, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine, was selected as the next chair of the board of directors of the California Biomedical Research Association, which aims to promote and protect the advancement of human and animal health through research, teaching and testing. The organization, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, was founded by California universities and companies engaged in biomedical research. Through its sister organization, the California Society for Biomedical Research, it provides resources for science education.

Michael R. Fogel, MD, adjunct professor of medicine and former chief of gastroenterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, received the 2003 Distinguished Clinician Award by the American Gastroenterological Association. The award recognizes practitioners who combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by science. Fogel will receive the award at the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and GI surgery this month in Orlando, Fla.

First-year medical student Adia G. George was named a 2003 Bristol-Myers Squibb Academic Fellow through the National Medical Fellowships Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of underserved communities by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. George will conduct research this summer under the direction of Phyllis Dennery, MD, associate professor of pediatrics (neonatology). The award provides $6,000 and includes travel to a research symposium in Lawrenceville, N.J., in March 2004.

Robert J. Glaser, MD, consulting professor, former vice president and dean of the School of Medicine, and past chair of the fundraising drive for the modernization of Stanford Hospital, was chosen by Harvard, his alma mater, to receive the Harvard Medal for extraordinary service. He is well-known for his longtime devotion to academic medicine and medical philanthropy. Glaser, who received his undergraduate degree in 1940 and his MD in 1943, and two fellow alumni will receive the award from President Lawrence H. Summers on commencement day June 5 in Cambridge, Mass.

Roger D. Kornberg, PhD, professor of structural biology and the Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Medicine, received the 2002 Cancer Research Award of the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation. Kornberg received the cancer award for his pioneering studies of the cellular processes by which DNA is copied into RNA, called transcription. Kornberg and colleagues discovered almost all of the more than 60 proteins that form the machinery for transcription, determined how they fit together in a giant assemblage to execute the process, explained how they receive and respond to signals from the body and the environment, and demonstrated the details of the act of genetic readout from DNA.

Thomas M. Krummel, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery and the Emile Holman Professor of Surgery, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin this month. Krummel was honored for numerous pioneering contributions including developing an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, team during his residency, elucidating the cellular and biochemical signals associated with scarless fetal repair, and helping establish a new paradigm in surgical education through surgical simulation and virtual reality based training.