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Medical School Dean EUGENE BAUER has taken on the added responsibility of vice president for medical affairs representing Stanford's president in all matters involving the medical center, said President Gerhard Casper, who announced the new appointment Oct. 2.
Cowell Student Health Service at Stanford University has given NORMAN W. RIZK, associate professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical care), its third annual Outstanding Faculty Physician Award for excellence in specialty care of Stanford students. JULIE BURLEW, Stanford's ophthalmology clinic manager, has won Cowell's first Exceptional Service Award for enhancing the specialty care of Stanford students.
EUGENE CARRAGEE, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, won the 1997 Outstanding Research Award from the North American Spine Society at the group's annual meeting in New York, Oct. 24. His study found that patients who received fusion alone for back pain and sciatica for spondylolisthesis did just as well or better with fusion alone as with fusion and decompression.
FRANCES CONLEY, professor of neurosurgery, has assumed the posts of acting chief of staff at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and acting associate dean for veterans affairs at the School of Medicine. She replaces RICHARD MAZZE, professor of anesthesia, who announced his retirement in May from the administrative post but will continue to practice anesthesia medicine at the VA.
MAURICE DRUZIN, the Charles B. and Ann L. Johnson Professor and chief of maternal-fetal medicine, has been named chair of the medical school's Committee on Appointments and Promotions. New committee members include KENNETH COX, professor of pediatrics; CARLOS ESQUIVEL, professor of surgery; and STEVEN HANCOCK, professor of radiation oncology.
The California Transplant Donor Network presented Community Recognition Awards Oct. 17 to four Stanford faculty and staff members. The recipients were MELINDA DERISH, assistant professor of pediatrics (critical care), excellence in facilitating the donation process; Father JOHN HESTER, SHS assistant chaplain, excellence in family care; Janet Neff, trauma coordinator, excellence in professional education; and HOLLIE PARKER, assistant administrative director of centralized labs, excellence in providing service to the transplant network.
Bioinformatics researcher and general internal medicine division clinician RUSS B. ALTMAN, assistant professor of medicine and, by courtesy, of computer science, was among 59 prominent young scientists to receive Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineeers at a special White House ceremony Nov. 3. The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services nominated him for the award, which was bestowed by President Bill Clinton.
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