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57th Annual Medical Alumni Awards

The University of Missouri School of Medicine and Medical Alumni Organization presented their most prestigious awards to graduates and supporters on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Norwood Hills Country Club.


Click here to download the ceremony program.


Citation of Merit

The Citation of Merit, MU School of Medicine's highest honor, was presented to Robert Phillips Jr., MD, a member of the Institute of Medicine and a 1998 residency graduate of MU's family and community medicine department. After residency, Dr. Phillips completed a research fellowship and master’s degree in public health at MU. He is the vice president for research and policy at the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Phillips previously served as executive director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, D.C., which recently established the Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship in his honor.


Outstanding Young Physician Award

Outstanding Young Physician Awards were presented to Dawn Davis, MD, George Thompson III, MD, and Adam Whaley-Connell, DO. A graduate of the Class of 2000, Dr. Davis is associate professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and serves as chair of the Referring Physician’s Office for Mayo Clinic Rochester and the Mayo Foundation. A graduate of the Class of 2003, Dr. Thompson is assistant professor of medicine and associate director of the coccidiomycosis serology laboratory at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. A 2004 MU residency graduate, Dr. Whaley-Connell is associate chief of staff for research and development at Truman Veterans Hospital.


Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Randal Otto, MD, Timothy Taft, MD, and Russell White, MD. A graduate of the Class of 1981, Dr. Otto is professor and Thomas Walthall Folbre, MD, Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A graduate of the Class of 1969, Dr. Taft is Max N. Novich Professor of Orthopaedics and Distinguished Professor of Sports Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and serves as the varsity team physician and orthopaedic surgeon for the UNC Tar Heels. A graduate of the Class of 1974, Dr. White is professor of medicine and professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine and serves as medical director of the Sports Medicine Center at the UMKC School of Medicine.


Honorary Medical Alumni

Honorary Medical Alumni Awards were presented to Jerry Parker, PhD, and Grace Sun, PhD. Dr. Parker is associate dean for research and co-director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science at MU. Dr. Sun is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at MU.


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