UTHSC Faculty Honored at Health Care Heroes Awards Competition
Memphis, Tennessee (September 10, 2004) -- Three University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty members were honored Thursday, September 9 as award recipients for the Health Care Heroes Awards competition, sponsored by the Memphis Business Journal. Seven others affiliated with UTHSC were honored as finalists.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, John W. (Bill) Runyan, Jr., MD, was honored
with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A native Memphian, Dr. Runyan joined the
UT faculty in 1960. He founded and led
the Division of Endocrinology for a decade and served as professor and chairman
of the Department of Preventive Medicine from 1972-94. His interest in the care
of patients with chronic disease led to the development of the Memphis Chronic
Disease Program, a county-wide network of neighborhood health clinics that made
primary care and chronic disease care accessible and affordable to those who
might not otherwise have access to such care. Dr. Runyan changed the way care
was provided in the
Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism for Le
Soloway Chair of Excellence, Mitch Steiner, MD, was presented with the award for Health Care Innovations. Dr. Steiner is founder and vice chairman/CEO for GTX, Inc. The Men’s Health Biotech Company.
UTHSC faculty and/or affiliates who were finalists include:
Lifetime Achievement Category – Jerre Minor Freeman, MD, Ophthalmologist, Memphis Eye & Cataract Associates; Marcus J. Stewart, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Campbell Clinic; Robert R. Waller, MD, former President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
Health Care Provider – Physician – Dennis R. Schaberg, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine; Andy Spooner, MD, Director of General Pediatrics and Buckman Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Health Care Innovations – Duane Miller, PhD, Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Van Vleet Professor
Community Outreach – Phyllis Richey, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
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