Medical center people

Ronald Dalman

Erik Cabral, a second-year medical student, is the recipient of the 2005 Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The program is designed to assist medical schools achieve diversity objectives and eliminate health-care disparities. Cabral is a 1994 graduate of the Stanford Medical Youth Scholars Program, a five-week summer residential program in which 24 students from northern and central California come to Stanford to take college-level science courses, work in health-care settings and receive guidance on applying to college.

Simon Hanft, a fourth-year medical student, has won the William Bean Student Research Award from the American Osler Society. The annual award allows a student to pursue a project in the medical humanities. Hanft will be studying the literature of physician authors, emphasizing the relationship between John Keats and William Carlos Williams. He plans to link their poetic endeavors to their training and experience as physicians and how that influenced their writing.

Ronald L. Dalman, MD, has been promoted to professor of surgery at the VA-Palo Alto as of May 1. He is also chief of the vascular section and director of the diagnostic vascular lab at the VA. Dalman is interested in new surgical technology, as well as investigating the way arteries enlarge and remodel in response to blood flow.

Laurence Katznelson, MD, has been appointed associate professor of neurosurgery and of medicine as of May 1. His clinical and research interests primarily focus on human pituitary disease and hypothalamic control of pituitary function. Katznelson is the director of the Stanford Pituitary Center, as well as a member of the General Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee.

James B.D. Mark, MD, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, emeritus, has been selected by the Hewlett Award Committee as the 17th recipient of the Albion Walter Hewlett Award. The award honors a physician who is committed to discovering and using biologic knowledge, wisdom and compassion to return patients to productive lives. As the winner of the award, Mark will speak on "How Good Were the Good Old Days?" during medicine grand rounds at Fairchild Auditorium on June 23.