Cincinnati--Gerald D. Buckberg, MD, and Cornelius L. Hopper, MD,
have been selected to receive the 2000 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, Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
is professor of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine. His initial
research interest studied methods to optimize myocardial protection
during cardiac surgical procedures. His laboratory and clinical
investigations led to the introduction of blood cardioplegia and the
blood cardioplegic solutions that are now used by the majority of
surgeons in the United States and abroad to decrease the heart's need
for oxygen during adult and pediatric heart operations. He extended his
research to simply, safely, and rapidly deliver cardioplegic solutions
throughout all heart segments, further optimizing cardiac protection.
the beginning of my medical education the UC faculty developed in me
the clinical need to help others, the deep knowledge of individual
factors, and the wisdom to integrate these," says Buckberg. "They
encouraged me to follow them and to guide others. The result is ongoing
inquiry, evolving methods, and persistence towards new frontiers in
myself and students -- which is an endless prize."
received his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University in
1957 and a medical degree at UC in 1961. He completed his surgical
training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the UCLA School of Medicine.
After two years of military service at Wright Patterson Air Force Base,
Buckberg pursued a research fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research
Institute at the University of California in San Francisco. Buckberg is
a member of several professional organizations and the author of more
than 350 publications.
Hopper is the recently retired emeritus
Vice President for Health Affairs for the University of California
System. For 20 years, until his retirement in January 2000, he served
as the senior administrative officer for the nation's largest
university health sciences system, encompassing 14 health professions
schools on six campuses, an enrollment of 13,000 students, and a budget
of over $3 billion. During his tenure he: reorganized the Board of
Regents' governance of the university's academic medical centers;
managed the mid-1980s downsizing of selective health professions
enrollments; revised the university's Union for Clinical Compensation
Plan for medical and other health sciences clinical faculty; and,
developed a plan to modify the mission and curriculum of the
university's five medical schools to accommodate expanded undergraduate
and postgraduate training in primary care.
"I will be eternally
grateful to UC for providing the foundation and scaffolding for my
career," says Hopper. "For 40 years, I have maintained an intense love
affair with the idea and promise of 'The University' as both incubator
and sanctuary for the principles of social justice that define our
civilization. My administrative career was fueled by the belief that
medicine and the other university-based health professions have a
critical responsibility for promoting organizational values and
behaviors consistent with those that we attempt to inculcate in our
individual health professions graduates."
Hopper received his AB
degree from Ohio University and his MD from UC in 1956 and 1960,
respectively. His rotating internship at the Milwaukee County Hospital
was followed by service as a battalion surgeon with the 4th Marines
from 1961 to 1963. His year of Internal Medicine residency at Marquette
served as preparation for his training in Neurology, completed at the
University of Wisconsin in 1967 as Chief Resident. He then joined the
neurology faculty at UW.