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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 School of Medicine 2021 Alumni Association Award Winners

Charles A. Preuss, MD Distinguished Alumni Award

Amanda Risser, MD, MPH, R ‘06

Dr. Risser practices compassion and care for patients with substance use disorders.

“Her work has changed systems. Even patients who’ve never met Amanda feel her influence.” –Hannah Kamsky, R.N.

As the senior medical director of substance use disorder (SUD) services at Portland’s Central City Concern (CCC), Dr. Risser provides medical direction for the CCC’s specialty SUD programs, Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center, Letty Owings Center, Blackburn SUD Services, and the CCC Recovery Center –responsibilities that keep her busy and traveling. She squeezes in teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and addiction fellows at OHSU, while also conducting research. “Addiction medicine practitioners are always on the move,” she said.

To read the full article about Dr. Risser, please visit the School of Medicine Alumni magazine, Bridges, here.  


Richard T. Jones, MD, PhD Distinguished Alumni Scientist Award

Yali Jia, PhD ‘10

Dr. Jia’s research literally changes how we look at things.

“We should always find solutions to translate research work to the bedside. If we do that, we save lives.” –Dr.Jia

Until recently, if you had symptoms of an eye disorder such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, you needed fluorescein angiography (FA), a diagnostic procedure requiring injection of fluorescein, a yellow dye that tracked blood flow in your eyes. But FA could also cause side effects including nausea, fainting or anaphylactic shock.

Yali Jia, Ph.D., Jennie P. Weeks Professor of Ophthalmology and associate professor of biomedical engineering, OHSU School of Medicine, is hoping to change all that through optical coherence tomography (OCT)and OCT angiography (OCTA).

To read the full article about Dr. Jia, please visit the School of Medicine Alumni magazine, Bridges, here.  


Esther Pohl Lovejoy, MD Leadership Award

Jennifer DeVoe, MD, R ’04, F ’06, D.Phil., MCR ‘10

Dr. DeVoe’s work affirms family medicine’s place in the world.
“Jen stands up for all people.” –Dr. Heather Angier

Growing up in Montana, Dr. Jennifer DeVoe, professor and chair of family medicine in the school, viewed family practitioners as role models. They provided care from obstetrics through geriatrics. They identified social determinants of health. They played an active role in policy creation. These were lessons Dr. DeVoe learned early and practiced often. Throughout her career, family medicine has allowed her to join any community worldwide–her work has included stints in Africa, Australia, Europe and South America–and provide care to anyone who needs it. And her knowledge of health for any age and stage has informed her many contributions toward primary care policy.

To read the full article about Dr. DeVoe, please visit the School of Medicine Alumni magazine, Bridges, here.  


Early Career Achievement Award

Honora Englander, MD, R ‘06

Dr. Englander transforms care away from stigma and toward science and compassion.

“She has this tremendous vision about improving care for people who are so often pushed to the margins.” –Dr. Jessica Gregg

During medical school, Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the school’s Division of Hospital Medicine, spent a year in Ecuador learning Spanish and volunteering –an experience that formed the basis of her career. “Medicine has been a passport to the world: it has allowed me to meet and work with people from very different backgrounds, creating space to learn and better understand who we all are,” she said.

To read the full article about Dr. Englander, please visit the School of Medicine Alumni magazine, Bridges, here.  

Resident Paper of the Year Award
Natalie Zusman, MD

Volunteer Faculty Recognition Award
Keith DeYoung, MD


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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.

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View past Preuss Award recipients

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.

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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.

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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.

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Postdoctoral Paper of the Year Award

The Postdoctoral Paper competition recognizes and fosters the importance and quality of laboratory research through a competitive review and presentation of research by postdoctoral fellows in the School of Medicine. A multidisciplinary panel within the School of Medicine will conduct an evaluation of the papers. A $750 prize will be awarded to the individual whose paper is selected for presentation during OHSU Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.

Please email alumni@ohsu.edu for an update on the status of this award.

Resident Paper of the Year Award

The Resident Paper Competition recognizes and fosters medical research and clinical presentations among the School of Medicine’s residents through a competitive review and presentation of research. A $500 prize is awarded to the individual whose paper is selected for presentation at the Sommer Memorial Lectures and during OHSU Research Week.

Please email alumni@ohsu.edu for an update on the status of this award.

Volunteer Faculty Recognition Award

This award recognizes those who serve as volunteer (clinical) faculty at the School of Medicine. Each School of Medicine department and/or division may submit one nomination per year and nominees need not be alumni of OHSU. Nominations are approved by the Awards Committee and endorsed by the Alumni Association Council.

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