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School of Medicine Alumni Awards

Read about the history and criteria for each of the School of Medicine Alumni Awards, and see a list of past winners.

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Charles A. Preuss, M.D. Distinguished Alumni Award

This award was established in 1983 in honor of Charles A. Preuss, M.D., a 1929 graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Preuss practiced in California for 66 years and served as President of the American Academy of General Physicians.

Nominees for this award reflect the highest ideals of the OHSU School of Medicine, including:

  • Visionary leadership
  • Professional achievement
  • Community service
  • Significant contribution to a population, a medical or scientific discipline, or a field of study

2023 | Wayne Clark, M.S., M.D. ’85

2022 | David J. Wilson, M.D. R ’85

2021 | Amanda Risser, M.D., M.P.H., R ’06

2020 | Patricia Kullberg, M.D. ’79, M.P.H.

2019 | Robert Wah, M.D. ’83

2018 | Joseph E. Robertson, Jr., M.D., M.B.A., R ’82, F ’84

2017 | Harry Chen, M.D. ’79, R ’83

2016 | John R. Tongue, M.D. R ’74

2015 | John H. McAnulty, Jr., M.D. ’74

2014 | Jeffrey Cain, M.D. ’85, F.A.A.F.P.

2013 | Grover C. Bagby, Jr, M.D., MACP, R ’71, F ’72, F ’76

2012 | Richard Drake, M.D. ’59

2011 | Herbert J. Semler, M.D. ’53, M.S.

2010 | David W. Fleming, M.D. R ’82

2009 | John W. Kendall, Jr., M.D. R ’62

2008 | Ted J. Vigeland, M.D. ’68

2007 | Edwin C. Cadman, M.D. ’71

2006 | David N. Gilbert, M.D. ’64

2005 | Robert W. Bomengen, M. D. ’69

2004 | Mario J. Campagna, M.D. ’52

2003 | George H. Caspar, M.D. ’61

2002 | Richard T. Jones, M.D., Ph.D. ’56

2001 | Larry J. Hall, M.D. ’63

2000 | Robert D. Koler, M.D. ’48

1999 | Rodney A. Beals, M.D. ’56

1998 | Miles J. Edwards, M.D. ’56

1997 | Victor D. Menashe, M.D. ’53

1996 | Walter J. McDonald, M.D. Res. ’70

1995 | John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. ’73

1994 | John “Jack” L. Stevenson, M.D. ’54

1993 | J. David Bristow, M.D. ’53

1992 | Martha van der Vlught, M.D. ’37

1992 | Charles E. Hofmann, M.D. ’78

1991 | Daniel H. Labby, M.D. ’39

1990 | Ralph M. Beddow, M.D. ’50

1989 | Richard A. Koch, M.D. ’54

1988 | Kenneth C. Swan, M.D. ’36

1987 | John A. Gius, M.D. ’34

1986 | Thomas L. Stern, M.D. ’50

1986 | S. Gorham Babson, M.D. ’36

1986 | Ernest T. Livingstone, M.D. ’51

1985 | Robert S. Dow, M.D. ’56

1985 | Max H. Parrott, M.D. ’40

1984 | Jessie Laird Brodie, M.D. ’28

1984 | Eldon G. Chuinard, M.D. ’34

Richard T. Jones, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Alumni Scientist Award

Established in 2001, this award was renamed in 2006 to honor Richard T. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., a 1955 graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Jones joined the faculty of what is now OHSU in 1961 and was appointed chair of biochemistry in 1966, a position he held until 1993.

This award honors alumni from the OHSU School of Medicine’s master’s or Ph.D. programs who have demonstrated:

  • Achievement in academic, community, business or industrial settings
  • Continued research excellence
  • Service to the broader scientific community
  • Contributions to education in research methodology and practice

2023 | Julia Maxson, Ph.D. ’11

2022 | Todd Taylor, Ph.D. ‘99

2021 | Yali Jia, Ph.D. ’10

2019 | Bill Chang, M.D., Ph.D. ’00, R ’06

2018 | Markus Grompe, M.D., R ’87

2017 | Robert Seeger, M.D. ’66, M.S. ’66

2016 | Robert A. Steiner, Ph.D. ’76

2014 | John P. Adelman, Ph.D. ’88

2013 | Dennis E. Ohman, PhD ’80

2012 | R. Bradley Sack, M.S. ’60, M.D. ’60, Sc.D.

2011 | Mary Stenzel-Poore, Ph.D. ’87

2010 | Susan B. Olson, Ph.D. ’84

2009 | Fred L. Minnear, Ph.D. ’79

2008 | Kent L. Erickson, Ph.D. ’75

2007 | Cheryl L. Maslen, Ph.D. ’87

2006 | Richard G. W. Anderson, Ph.D. ’70

2005 | Robert Sack, M.D. ’68

2004 | David T. Wong, Ph.D. ’66

2003 | Michael R. Waterman, Ph.D. ’69

2002 | Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D. ’87

2001 | Christopher Cunningham, Ph.D. ’76

Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award

Established in 2008, this award honors Esther Pohl Lovejoy, M.D., an 1894 graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Lovejoy played a significant role in public health reform and suffrage in early twentieth century Portland. She went on to become a pioneer in international medical relief work.

This award honors alumni who have:

  • Demonstrated national or international leadership and service to the medical profession
  • Contributed to systemic improvement in health outcomes
  • Developed programs or policies that promise lasting impacts on human health

2023 | Brian Duty, M.D. ’04, R ’06, R ’09, M.B.A. ’19

2022 | Joyce Hollander-Rodriguez, M.D. ’00, R ‘03

2021 | Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., R ’04, F ’06, D.Phil., M.C.R. ’10

2020 | Susan Bagby, M.D., R ’71, R ’76

2019 | John Barry, M.D., R ’73

2018 | Terri Schmidt, R.N., M.D. ’85, R ’88

2017 | John Thompson, M.D. ’59, R ’67

2017 | Betty Thompson, M.D. ’59

2016 | Susan W. Tolle, M.D. ’77

2015 | Deborah A. Eisenhut, M.D. ’81

2014 | Mary Burry, M.D. R ’74

2014 | J. Thomas Hoggard, M.D. ’74

2013 | A. Sonia Buist, M.D. F ’70

2012 | David Sack, M.D. ’68

2011 | Bruce Nedrow (Ned) Calonge, M.D., M.P.H. R ’84

2010 | Gretchen Berland, M.D. ’96

2009 | Samuel Lin, M.D., Ph.D. ’75

2008 | Terry Yamauchi, M.D. ’67

Walter C. Reynolds M.D. Community Service Award

Established in 2022, this award honors the life and legacy of Walter C. Reynolds, M.D ’49. Dr. Reynolds was a physician, community leader, and the first African American graduate of what is now the OHSU School of Medicine.

This award honors alumni whose service has substantially benefitted a local community. Efforts may include:

  • Reducing bias
  • Advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Combatting structural racism
  • Strengthening cultural competencies, particularly in healthcare

Early Career Achievement Award

Established in 2013, this award honors up to two recipients each year: one for achievement in basic science, and one for achievement in clinical science. This award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated significant contributions to academia, scientific research or health and social welfare.

Eligible achievements must have occurred within fifteen years of the nominee’s M.D. graduation (regardless of granting institution), or within fifteen years of the nominee’s graduation from OHSU’s certificate, bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. programs.

2023 | Jenna Emerson, M.D. ’13 

2023 | Theodore Braun, M.D., Ph.D. ’12

2022 | Anthony Cheng, M.D. R ’16

2022 | Joseph Aslan, Ph.D. ’09, M.S. ’12

2021 | Honora Englander, M.D., R ’06

2020 | Kristina Young, M.D., Ph.D. ’10, R ’15

2019 | John Heintzman, M.D., R ’05, M.P.H., M.C.R. ’17

2018 | Jarrad Scarlett, M.D. ’09, Ph.D. ’09, R ’12

2017 | SreyRam Kuy, M.D. ’05

2016 | Adam T. Wright, Ph.D. ’07

2015 | Jennifer E. Devoe, MD, R ’04

2014 | Maria Rodriguez, M.D. ’04, R ’08, M.P.H.

2013 | Phuoc T. Tran, MD ’03, PhD ’01

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