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Publish Date: 05/17/99
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College of Medicine Announces 1999 Drake Award Winners

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.

Bernstein 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.

"I 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 students."

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.

Donaldson 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.

"I 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 Institute.

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