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Publish Date: 05/24/00
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Buckberg, Hopper Named Drake Award Winners

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.

Buckberg 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.

"At 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."

Buckberg 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.

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