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Alumni Awards

Alumni have changed lives through their leadership, their impact on local, national and global health and their excellence in research.

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Recipients of the annual OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Awards merit the highest recognition the OHSU School of Medicine Alumni Association can bestow. The Alumni Association also honors the excellence of research performed by residents and postdocs and the dedication of faculty who support the education mission.


Congratulations to the 2022 School of Medicine Alumni Award Winners

David J. Wilson, M.D. R ‘85
David J. Wilson, M.D., R '85

Charles A. Preuss Distinguished Alumni Award

“He’s had a vision for the institute and took bold steps to achieve that.” – Dr. John Morrison

After 17 years as director of the Casey Eye Institute, Dr. David Wilson is retiring July 1, leaving behind a very accomplished legacy. By all standards, Casey Eye has become a world-class institute under his leadership, with innovative gene and cell-based therapy programs that will play a big role in the future of treating eye disease. Caring for patients is at the heart of what motivates Dr. Wilson. He especially loves doing retinal surgery, and he even pioneered a type of surgery for specific, rare eye tumors that if left untreated lead to blindness.


Read more about Dr. Wilson in Bridges, the OHSU School of Medicine alumni magazine.


Todd Taylor, Ph.D. ‘99
Todd Taylor, Ph.D. '99

Richard T. Jones Distinguished Alumni Scientist Award

“He’s an incredibly generous, upbeat and open person – and a very natural teacher.” – Dr. Susan Hayflick

After earning a Ph.D. in molecular and medical genetics at OHSU in 1999, Dr. Taylor carried his scientific passion across the sea to Japan. There he found a job at RIKEN, a major scientific research center, as a part of a pioneering group of scientists working on the sequencing phase of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Taylor’s subsequent genomic research extends to chimpanzees, mice, and the human microbiome.


Read more about Dr. Taylor in Bridges, the OHSU School of Medicine alumni magazine.


Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, M.D. ’00 R ’03
Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, M.D. '00 R '03

Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award

“There is no greater advocate for rural health care and education than Joyce.” – Dr. Holly Montjoy

Dr. Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez grew up in a small rural community in Western Oregon, so it’s not a surprise that her life’s work focuses on rural and community health. After witnessing poverty overseas, her first thought was to do that work internationally. But when she came back to a rural setting for her family medicine residency at OHSU’s Cascades East campus in Klamath Falls, she saw there was a lot of need and many of the same barriers there. Now, as Cascades East’s residency director, Dr. Hollander-Rodriguez gets to see the ripple effect of rural health education across the state and beyond.


Read more about Dr. Hollander-Rodriguez in Bridges, the OHSU School of Medicine alumni magazine.


Joseph Aslan, Ph.D. ’09 M.S. ‘12
Joseph Aslan, Ph.D. '09 M.S. '12

Early Career Achievement Award

“He works tirelessly at his craft.” – Dr. Owen McCarty

Dr. Aslan graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology before traveling north to graduate school at OHSU, lured by the stellar neuroscience coming out of the Vollum Institute. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology. During a postdoctoral fellowship in the bioengineering lab of Owen McCarty, Ph.D., he alighted on his life’s work: the mystery of blood cells. Today, Dr. Aslan maps the biology of blood in hopes of developing better therapeutics for vascular conditions.


Read more about Dr. Aslan in Bridges, the OHSU School of Medicine alumni magazine.


Anthony Cheng, M.D. R ‘16
Anthony Cheng, M.D., R '16

Early Career Achievement Award

“Anthony has proven himself to be an outstanding collaborator who easily synthesizes input from a diverse group of people to solve problems and make decisions.” – Dr. Heather Angier

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Dr. Anthony Cheng, assistant professor of family medicine in the school, knew that the 25% of Oregonians who don’t have a primary care physician would need somewhere to turn for advice. As fate would have it, Dr. Cheng had already been leading the development of OHSU’s virtual visit services. His expertise prompted the primary care team to recruit him as the founding medical director of what would become the COVID-19 Connected Care Center, (C4). Under his leadership, the C4 was fully funded and operational in only ten days.


Read more about Dr. Cheng in Bridges, the OHSU School of Medicine alumni magazine.


Nominate today

Scroll below for information about each award, nomination forms and past recipients. Nominations will be accepted at any time during the year. For further information, please reach out to the Alumni Relations program

Charles A. Preuss Distinguished Alumni Award

Named in honor of Charles A. Preuss, M.D. ’29, this award was established in 1983. This award honors School of Medicine alumni who received a degree or who are graduates of a training program and who, in professional achievement and service to their communities, reflect the highest ideals of the School of Medicine. Any community member may make a nomination.  Nominations are reviewed and selected by the Awards Committee and endorsed by the Alumni Association Council. Nominations remain active for three years. View past recipients of the Charles A. Preuss Distinguished Alumni Award.

Richard T. Jones Distinguished Alumni Scientist Award

Established in 2001 and renamed to honor Dr. Jones in 2006, this award honors alumni from the School of Medicine’s Masters or Doctorate of Philosophy Degree programs who display continued research excellence, service to the scientific community and contributions to basic science education. Community members are encouraged to submit nominations, which are reviewed and selected by the Awards Committee and endorsed by the Alumni Association Council. View past recipients of the Richard T. Jones Distinguished Alumni Scientist Award.

Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award

Established in 2008, this award honors Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., an 1894 graduate of the School of Medicine who helped establish several international medical organizations. This award honors alumni who received a degree or who are graduates of a training program from the OHSU School of Medicine, and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the medical profession on a national or international level.  Any community member may make a nomination.  Nominations are reviewed and selected by the Awards Committee and endorsed by the Alumni Association Council. View past recipients of the Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award.

Early Career Achievement Award

Established in 2013, the Early Career Achievement Award recognizes alumni from the OHSU School of Medicine who have made significant career contributions to improving health and social welfare in a community setting or in the areas of scientific research or academia within 15 years of graduation. Nominations are approved by the Awards Committee and endorsed by the Alumni Association Council. View past recipients of the Early Career Achievement Award.

Walter C. Reynolds M.D. Community Service Award

Established in 2022, the Walter C. Reynolds M.D. Community Service Award honors the life and legacy of Walter C. Reynolds, M.D ‘49, a physician, community leader, and the first African American graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School (now the OHSU School of Medicine). Dr. Reynolds actively practiced medicine for 50 years in Portland, Oregon. This award honors OHSU School of Medicine alumni who received a degree or certificate, or who are graduates of an OHSU School of Medicine training program.