Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine
will present the 2001 Daniel Drake Awards during the college's Honors
Day Program on Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at the Aronoff Center for the
Arts. This year's winners are two members of the College of Medicine
faculty, Evelyn Hess, MD and Jeffrey Whitsett, MD.
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.
College of Medicine is very proud of these two distinguished members of
our faculty who have made extraordinarily important contributions to
medical education and medical research," said John Hutton, MD, dean of
the UC College of Medicine. Hess is a distinguished active
professor emerita in the Division of Immunology at the College of
Medicine. She is very active in the field of medicine and is widely
known as a teacher, clinician and investigator with vast expertise in
the field of rheumatology. She is a national leader in rheumatology as
well as internal medicine and her contributions to the well- being of
patients and the community are recognized throughout the world. A
native of Ireland, Hess received her medical degree from University
College in Dublin, Ireland. She did internships and residencies in
various London, England teaching hospitals and had a research
fellowship in the Epidemiology of Tuberculosis and a traveling
fellowship from the Royal Free Hospital and Medical School to
Scandinavia. During that time, she first acquired an interest in
rheumatic diseases and was later awarded a traveling fellowship of the
Empire Rheumatism Council to the United States. In 1965, Hess was
recruited to Cincinnati to become the first director of the Division of
Immunology, Rheumatology and Allergy. In 1995, Hess retired as director
but continues a full-time career within the division as a teacher and
Hess is widely respected as "the doctor's doctor" and is
the present governor for Ohio of the American College of Physicians.
She is a master clinician with numerous honors which include Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Master of the
American College of Rheumatology and Master of the American College of
Physicians. Hess is the recipient of many research grants, awards and
honorary memberships and has been a visiting professor in more than 80
medical schools in this country and abroad.
"Medicine has been an
absolutely marvelous career, ever since the days when I was a humble
anatomy demonstrator to the present time," Hess said. "In between there
have been wonderful experiences with mentors and colleagues. No one can
really succeed without the help of one's colleagues, staff and friends.
I would like to think that truly we have all helped patients with
various rheumatic and immunologic diseases."Whitsett is a professor
of pediatrics at the College of Medicine and director of the Divisions
of Pulmonary Biology and Neonatology at Children's Hospital Medical
Center (CHMC). He is internationally known for his research in
pulmonary medicine as well as his clinical expertise in neonatology.
Whitsett has made a series of groundbreaking contributions to pulmonary
medicine with his major pioneering work being on surfactant proteins.
He characterized surfactant proteins A, B, C and D, cloned their genes
and clarified their role in lung development. He played a critical role
in making surfactant protein replacement a routine tool for treating
immature lungs and respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants.
Throughout his career, Whitsett has had the remarkable ability to move
from molecular biology to animal models to diagnosis and therapy of
Whitsett received his medical degree from Columbia
University and has been a member of the College of Medicine faculty
since 1977. Whitsett has received numerous awards for contributions in
community medicine, neonatal care and basic science. These include the
Mead Johnson Award, a National Institutes of Health Merit Award, the
William Cooper Procter Award from CHMC, and many more.
privileged to care for infants and their families, to participate in
providing care for all infants in our community, to be involved in the
training of future physicians and scientists and to interact daily with
my colleagues in science and medicine," Whitsett said. "I have been
most fortunate in my career, living through this remarkable time in
science and medicine. I could not have anticipated, nor dreamed, that
modern science would open such a wealth of treasures to enhance our
understanding of biology in my lifetime."