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Publish Date: 05/20/99
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Five-Time Golden Apple Recipient Recognized with National Award

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.

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