Cincinnati—Israel Penn, MD, professor of surgery and director of
surgical student education at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College
of Medicine has received the 1999 Roche Distinguished Achievement Award
from the American Society of Transplantation (AST). This award is the
most prestigious award given by the AST to honor a senior investigator
who has made enormous contributions to the field of transplantation
medicine and immunobiology.
Penn was also selected by the UC
College of Medicine students as the recipient of the 1999 Golden Apple
Award for Excellence in Teaching. This is the fifth time he has
received the Golden Apple Award since 1994. The 1999 Golden Apple will
be presented to him during the UC College of Medicine Honors Day
ceremonies at noon, May 29, at Music Hall.
Penn oversees a
worldwide transplant tumor registry that has data on more than 11,500
cancers that occurred in transplant patients. He has written many
papers and book chapters, two books, and has lectured extensively at
medical centers in the United States and abroad. Penn was a member of
the surgical teams that performed Children's Hospitals and University
Hospital's first liver transplants. At the time of these procedures, he
was also chief of surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.