Cincinnati-- The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has
selected the winners of the 2002 Daniel Drake Awards, 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. This year's winners are Jerry
Lingrel, PhD, Clarence McLain, MD and John Tew, Jr., MD, all
exceptional members of the UC faculty. The awards will be presented
during the college's Honors Day Program at 7 p.m. on May 26 at Music
Hall. The awards commemorate the founder of the College of Medicine,
"The College of Medicine is very proud of these
three 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
Dr. Lingrel is chair of the department of Molecular
Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology. He received his bachelor's
degree from Otterbein College and his PhD in biochemistry from The Ohio
State University. He did postdoctoral work at the California Institute
of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. His
research focused on hemoglobin synthesis and upon completion of his
postdoctoral work he accepted an assistant professorship in the UC
Department of Biological Chemistry.
His research on hemoglobin
continued at UC and he identified and isolated the globin mRNA, which
was the first one ever isolated from mammalian cells. In addition, Dr.
Lingrel's studies involved gene regulation and developmental questions
of the heart, kidney, T-cells and the erythropoietic system. He also
pioneered a new dimension for the study of ion transport and spent a
year sabbatical at the MRC Laboratory in Cambridge, England where he
worked on early embryonic development.
Dr. Lingrel is most proud
of competing effectively for a National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Program of Excellence in Molecular Biology of the Heart and Lung grant.
There were only three such grants awarded. He has published over 200
scientific papers and served on numerous study sections, including the
NIH, National Science Foundation and American Cancer Society. He has
received a number of awards, including the Sigma Xi Award for
Outstanding Scientist, an elected member of the Fellows of the Graduate
School, The George Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific
Research and the Distinguished Research Professor Award.
McLain has served as director of Medical Student Education in the
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since he joined the department
as an assistant professor in 1967. For the past 35 years, he has
created and remodeled the Medical Student Education Program. His
commitment comes from his belief that medical education of the highest
quality must be the first priority of faculty. Through personal
example, Dr. McLain has been able to convey the art and science of
medicine. He has recognized the importance of the doctor-patient
relationship and has sought to teach medical students excellent
communication skills. He emphasized the professional relationship is
based on honesty, integrity, trust and being responsive to the needs of
In addition to his work in obstetrics and gynecology, he
has been a leader on the various committees that design and implement
the curriculum through all years of medical school. He introduced
interactive group learning as a technique for instruction of students.
Over the past 20 years, the medical students have voted to award him
three Golden Apples (the highest teaching award that can be awarded by
students) and six Silver Apples (also recognizing outstanding teaching).
Dr. McLain received the Association of Professors of Gynecology and
Obstetrics Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to medical
education. He was named a UC Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1998
and in 1999 he was the recipient of the College of Medicine Alumni
Lifetime Teaching Award. Clinically, he has served as chief of the
Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology.
A native of North
Carolina, Dr. McLain received his medical degree from the University of
North Carolina School of Medicine and his residency training at the
Indiana University Medical Center. He was on active duty with the air
force and served as a flight surgeon at the USAF Hospital Patrick Air
Force Base in Florida. Patrick was the support base for Cape Canaveral
and Dr. McLain was present for many countdowns for missile liftoffs,
including Alan Shepherd's first ride on the Atlas Missile.
in retirement, Dr. McLain continues his work to improve medical
education. Through his efforts, the third-year clerkship was increased
from six to eight weeks and the interactive group learning format was
instituted, placing the responsibility of learning on the students
Dr. Tew is an active neurosurgical clinician and
scientist. He serves as the Mayfield professor and chair of the
Department of Neurosurgery, a position he will hold until he steps down
in July. He also serves as the medical director for The Neuroscience
Dr. Tew graduated from Campbell and Wake Forest
Universities cum laude in 1957. He attended Bowman Gray School of
Medicine at Wake Forest and then studied general surgery for two years
at Cornell-New York Hospital and the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He
was a fellow in neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health
and helped develop intracellular recordings in the human cerebral
cortex and thalamus.
In 1965, Dr. Tew did a research fellowship
and neurosurgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Working in collaboration with his colleagues, Dr. Tew brought the
technique of stereotactic microelectrode recording to the operating
Dr. Tew was recruited to Cincinnati to join Dr. Frank
Mayfield, who taught him humility, patience and a heightened sense of
community service. Working with Dr. Mayfield and other associates, an
outstanding community-based neurosurgical training program was
established. With Dr. Tew's leadership, the Mayfield Clinic became the
College of Medicine's nationally recognized Department of Neurosurgery.
In 1992, he became the first Frank Mayfield Professor. The neurological
services of the college were later integrated to form The Neuroscience
Dr. Tew is especially proud of the residents and
fellows who have been educated in Cincinnati since 1969. More than 150,
today they are teaching and practicing neurological surgery in the
major clinics and schools of medicine throughout the United States and
many other countries.
Dr. Tew has served as president of both the
Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and the Academy of Neurological
Surgeons. He was the CNS Honored Guest Lecturer in 1998 and has
received recognition from Campbell University (honorary doctorate in
human letters) and Wake Forest University (Distinguished Alumni Award).
Dr. Tew received the Papal Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifica Medal from Pope
John Paul II, delivered by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk in 1990 and the
Distinguished Service Citation from the National Conference of
Christians and Jews in 1995.