Cincinnati--Frederic N. Silverman, MD, and Leo E. Hollister, MD,
have been selected as the 1998 recipients of the annual Daniel Drake
Awards. This is the 13th annual presentation of the Drake Award. The
awards, commemorating the founder of the University of Cincinnati
College of Medicine, will be presented during the UC College of
Medicine Honors Day program, Saturday, May 30 at the Taft Theatre,
Downtown, Cincinnati. Ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m. Recipients of
Drake Medals are distinguished, living UC College of Medicine faculty
members or alumni who’ve made unique or outstanding contributions to
medical education, research, or scholarship. The award is the highest
honor given by the College of Medicine.
Silverman, a professor-emeritus
of radiology and pediatrics at Stanford University, received his BA
degree in 1935 and his MD degree in 1939, both from Syracuse
University. He was an intern at Johns Hopkins and at Yale and was
awarded the L. Emmett Holt Fellowship in Pediatric Pathology at Babies
Hospital in Columbia University, New York. He resigned to join the U.S.
Army in 1941.
"My good fortune was to be in undergraduate and medical school during
the Depression and the beginning of recovery, followed by internships
and a fellowship, and subsequent service in station and portable
surgical hospitals in the Southwest Pacific Theater," Silverman says.
"The experiences that resulted taught me that much can be done with
little if you are willing to work for it. If you get enjoyment from
your work, and can stimulate others to follow the same course, they too
can achieve satisfaction while extending the compass of the work."
Silverman has been involved in pediatric diagnostic radiology,
elucidation of skeletal dysplasias, and has published reports on child
abuse, metabolic disorders, and radiologic hazards. He has contributed
to several books, including the 5th through 9th editions of Pediatric
X-ray Diagnosis. He has been honored several times, receiving the Medal
of Centre Antoine Beclere, Paris, The Gold Medal of the Society for
Pediatric Radiology, and The Gold Medal of the Association of
University Radiologists, among others.
Hollister, a native
Cincinnatian, is professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the
University of Texas, Houston, and is professor-emeritus of medicine,
psychiatry, and pharmacology at the Stanford University School of
Medicine. Hollister received his MD degree from the University of
Cincinnati in 1943 and obtained his postgraduate training from Boston
City Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Francisco,
and Cincinnati General Hospital. He was board-certified in Internal
Medicine in 1951 and recertified in 1974.
In the early 1950s while working as an intern at the Veterans
Administration Hospital in Menlo Park, California, he began a series of
clinical investigations of new drugs that revolutionized psychiatric
practice. He introduced new techniques called double-blind controlled
evaluations to test the new drugs. Hollister has been nationally
recognized for his studies of nearly every class of drug used in
psychiatry and has been awarded for his research into drug abuse.
He has been a member of many professional groups, serving as president
of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the International
College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Furthermore, he is an honorary
distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Foundation.
Hollister says, "We should try to pass on the knowledge that we have
gained to those who follow in our profession, so that the miracles of
medicine observed during our lifetimes, will continue to grow. And
lastly, we should remain humble, aware of the vast amount that we don't
know which needs still to be learned."