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  1. 1. CONTACT: Amanda Nelson, (859) 323-6363 ext. 224 Public Relations http://w2.uky.edu/UKPR/
  2. 2. FOR RELEASE Medical Alumni Award Recipients Lexington, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2007)  The University of Kentucky College of Medicine honored the recipients of its 2007 Medical Alumni Association Awards during a ceremony Oct. 19 in conjunction with its Reunion Weekend. Dr. Paul G. Barash, a 1967 College of Medicine graduate, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. This honor recognizes graduates of the medical school or residency program who have achieved a high level of excellence in their careers through research, public policy, development of innovations and/or delivery of exceptional quality of care to their patients. Barash, a native of Brooklyn, Ny., received a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center. He also received an honorary master’s degree from Yale University. Perhaps his most noted accomplishment was serving as chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology for Yale University from 1982-1994. He currently serves as a member of the Yale College of Medicine faculty. He has authored more than 150 journal publications, edited more than a dozen books and written more than 60 anesthesiology textbook chapters. He has been an examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology, chair of a multicenter study on Perioperative Ischemia, president of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and has held more than 20 editorial board appointments for various anesthesiology journals. Barash has been included on lists of Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors in the Northeast United States and America’s Top Physicians. In addition, he has been recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award from Yale University. Barash lives in Orange, Conn. Dr. William A. Baumgartner, a 1973 UK College of Medicine graduate, also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Baumgartner, a native of Covington, Ky., received a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and completed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is currently Vincent L. Gott Professor for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Division of Cardiac Surgery and cardiac surgeon-in-charge. Baumgartner has held top posts in several national and international professional organizations including past-president of
  3. 3. the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and previous member of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Review Committee. In 2002, he received the Javits Neuroscience Research Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2003, he received the Socrates Teacher of the Year Award from the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association. His bibliography includes more than 250 journal articles, book chapters and books. Baumgartner lives in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Larry S. Fields, a 1975 UK College of Medicine graduate, received the Alumni Service Award. This honor recognizes graduates of the medical school or residency program who have made a profound, positive impact on the college or its alumni through their volunteer efforts in recruitment, fundraising, UK Medical Alumni Association involvement or other areas of service. Fields, a native of Grayson, Ky., received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and completed his residency at the Tripler Army Medical Center. He is currently the board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and is the immediate past-president of the AAFP. He has also been the president of the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians. Fields has been an outstanding proponent for change in American medicine, first working for malpractice reform and health care reform changes in Kentucky. Since his emergence on the national scene, Fields has been a strong advocate in Congress for health care reform and universal health care coverage. He received the Outstanding Preceptor Award from the UK College of Medicine in 1999 and continues to teach students at both UK and the University of Louisville. In 2001, Fields was named Kentucky’s Citizen Doctor of the Year by the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Ashland, Ky. Dr. William D. Hacker, a 1972 UK College of Medicine graduate, received the Commonwealth Award. This honor recognizes graduates of the medical school or residency program who have earned distinction for their leadership and contributions in medical care benefiting the college, state, nation and/or world. Hacker, a native of Manchester, Ky., completed a bachelor’s degree, a medical degree and residency training at UK. He is a physician executive with extensive experience in complex health care organizations. He spent 18 years in primary care private practice in a rural community and transitioned into executive management in 1993. He was awarded the Mead-Johnson Clinical Scholar Award in 1988. Hacker is currently the commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. He has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and serves on several advisory boards for the Department for Public Health. Hacker lives in Lexington, Ky.
  4. 4. Dr. Nicholas S. Hellmann, a 1982 UK College of Medicine graduate, also received the Commonwealth Award. Hellmann, a native of Fort Mitchell, Ky., was the youngest member of the class of 1982. He received his undergraduate degree from UK and completed his residency training and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco Hospitals. Hellmann is interim director of the HIV, TB, & Reproductive Health initiative for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity, he is responsible for the foundation's research, program and policies related to HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive-health issues and tuberculosis. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Hellmann held numerous positions with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including chief medical officer at Roche Molecular Systems and vice president of clinical research for ViroLogic, Inc. As a faculty member at University of California, San Francisco, Hellmann lived and worked in Uganda, East Africa, on a research project associated with the transmission of HIV and the development of strategies to reduce HIV transmission. After leaving Africa, Hellmann continued to be involved in efforts to enhance education and training of clinicians and the diagnosis and treatment of serious diseases in areas with limited resources. Hellmann lives in Seattle, Wash. Dr. John F. Sandbach, a 1971 UK College of Medicine graduate, received the Community Service Award. This honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the health or welfare of the people in their local, state, national or international community and have present or prior association with the UK College of Medicine. Sandbach completed his residency and fellowship at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. For the past 30 years, his top priority has been the clinical practice of hematology and oncology and the welfare of his patients in Austin, Texas. His service to his patients and the community of Austin include creating a non-profit hospice that serves more patients than any for-profit hospice in the metropolitan area; creating and running the indigent care program at the City of Austin Brackenridge Hospital for 20 years; training of internal medicine residents in oncology at Brackenridge Hospital – a program affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; authoring or co-authoring more than 20 papers on cancer research; and serving on the board of directors of Texas Oncology. Sandbach lives in Austin, Texas. Dr. Thomas L. Steinemann, a 1989 UK College of Medicine residency graduate, also received the Community Service Award. Steinemann has brought about
  5. 5. change in federal regulation, protecting the public from inappropriate distribution of cosmetic contact lenses. After treating several severe corneal infections in 2001, he became aware of the looming crisis due to free distribution of these lenses at kiosks and gas stations across the country. He led a personal crusade to educate his fellow ophthalmologists about the problem and alerted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the public through media attention. His work culminated in a change in federal law, requiring distribution to be controlled by licensed eye-care practitioners. As a result, he was appointed as a consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA. Steinemann lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Dr. David B. Stevens received the Honorary Alumnus Award. This honor recognizes individuals who are not alumni of the college, but have nonetheless made a profound positive impact on the UK College of Medicine through their skills, commitment and association with the college and its faculty, staff or students. Stevens retired from the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery, in which he was not only active in clinical medicine but in teaching residents and students. He is currently professor emeritus for the department. In addition, he serves as chair of the UK College of Medicine Student Financial Aid Committee. Since his retirement, Stevens has volunteered his time to assist teaching first-year medical students in the anatomy lab and covering orthopaedic clinics in the VA Hospital. In addition, he holds the position of chief of staff emeritus for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Lexington and has served for more than a decade in elected office on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. Stevens lives in Lexington, Ky. ### In striving to become a Top 20 public research institution, the University of Kentucky is a catalyst for a new Commonwealth – a Kentucky that is healthier, better educated, and positioned to compete in a global and changing economy. For more information about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university, please go to http://www.uky.edu/OPBPA/Top20.html
  6. 6. change in federal regulation, protecting the public from inappropriate distribution of cosmetic contact lenses. After treating several severe corneal infections in 2001, he became aware of the looming crisis due to free distribution of these lenses at kiosks and gas stations across the country. He led a personal crusade to educate his fellow ophthalmologists about the problem and alerted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the public through media attention. His work culminated in a change in federal law, requiring distribution to be controlled by licensed eye-care practitioners. As a result, he was appointed as a consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA. Steinemann lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Dr. David B. Stevens received the Honorary Alumnus Award. This honor recognizes individuals who are not alumni of the college, but have nonetheless made a profound positive impact on the UK College of Medicine through their skills, commitment and association with the college and its faculty, staff or students. Stevens retired from the UK College of Medicine Department of Surgery, in which he was not only active in clinical medicine but in teaching residents and students. He is currently professor emeritus for the department. In addition, he serves as chair of the UK College of Medicine Student Financial Aid Committee. Since his retirement, Stevens has volunteered his time to assist teaching first-year medical students in the anatomy lab and covering orthopaedic clinics in the VA Hospital. In addition, he holds the position of chief of staff emeritus for Shriners Hospitals for Children – Lexington and has served for more than a decade in elected office on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. Stevens lives in Lexington, Ky. ### In striving to become a Top 20 public research institution, the University of Kentucky is a catalyst for a new Commonwealth – a Kentucky that is healthier, better educated, and positioned to compete in a global and changing economy. For more information about UK’s efforts to become a Top 20 university, please go to http://www.uky.edu/OPBPA/Top20.html

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