Cincinnati—I. Leonard Bernstein, MD, and Virginia Donaldson, MD,
have been selected to receive the 1999 Daniel Drake Awards presented by
the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The awards
commemorate the founder of the College of Medicine, Daniel Drake, and
are the highest honors bestowed by the college to honor distinguished
living faculty or alumni who have made outstanding or unique
contributions to medical education, scholarship, or research. The Drake
Awards will be presented during the College of Medicine Honors Day
program, Saturday, May 29 at 12:00 noon in Music Hall.
is clinical professor of medicine and environmental health sciences at
the College of Medicine. He has a national and international reputation
for his clinical expertise and research in the field of environmental
allergens, occupational immunologic lung disease, hypersensitivity
aspects of reproductions, and novel pharmacologic approaches to the
treatment of asthma. Bernstein was the first Cincinnati board certified
internist-allergist and established UC's Allergy and Immunology
Fellowship Training Program, which has trained 60 fellows since 1958.
caught the research bug while working in Dr. Albert B. Sabin's
laboratory," says Bernstein. "I believe that my combined roles as a
patient advocate, researcher, and teacher were instrumental in the
development of unique solutions to many enigmatic clinical problems.
The solutions would not have been possible without the clinical and
research contributions of my colleagues, fellows, and graduate
Bernstein received his MD degree at UC and completed
his postgraduate training in internal medicine at the Cincinnati
General and Jewish Hospitals. After serving two years in the US Air
Force as an aeromedical examiner, he pursued fellowship training in
pulmonary diseases at Bellevue Hospital in New York and allergy at
Northwestern University. Bernstein is a member of 14 professional
organizations and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, in which he
also served as president.
is an active professor emerita of pediatrics and medicine at UC's
College of Medicine. She is known for her research involving studies of
the mechanisms of blood coagulation and the complement system. Her
research led to the identification of the cause of hereditary
angioneurotic edema. Patients with this illness have periodic edema of
their face and airways and can die from their inability to breathe.
am personally grateful to the many people who have influenced my
thinking, and I have been blessed with superb mentors and colleagues,"
says Donaldson. "It is a great pleasure to be able to stimulate the
young physician or investigator to conceive new approaches to problems.
I appreciate having had these opportunities."
After receiving her
AB and MD degrees from the University of Vermont, Donaldson completed
her pediatric residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New
York, and Buffalo Children's Hospital. She pursued her fellowship
training in pediatric hematology at Babies and Children's Hospital,
Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Donaldson has served on
numerous local and national professional and societal committees,
including president of the Central Society for Clinical Research and
treasurer of the American Society of Hematology. She sat on the
Hematology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health and the
Advisory Committee on Thrombosis of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood