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Publish Date: 05/23/03
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College of Medicine Announces 2003 Drake Award Winners

The UC College of Medicine honored John J. Hutton, MD, and Reginald C. Tsang, MD, with 2003 Daniel Drake Award medals at the college's annual Honors Day program Sunday, May 25 at The Aronoff Center for the Arts.  These awards, the highest honors bestowed by the UC College of Medicine, are given annually in recognition of distinguished living faculty or alumni who have made outstanding or unique contributions to medical education, scholarship or research. 

"The College of Medicine is proud of the accomplishments of the 2003 Daniel Drake medalists, who are both internationally recognized for their expertise in education, research and clinical service," said William Martin II, MD, dean of the UC College of Medicine.  "We are also very proud that both medalists have been associated with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, underscoring the long-standing partnership between the College of Medicine and Children's Hospital."

Dr. Hutton is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at
UC.  He was recruited to UC in 1984 by Dr. William Schubert and was named Albert B. Sabin Professor of Pediatrics and Vice-Chairman for Basic Science Research at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation.  Dr. Hutton's charge was to build strong laboratory-based research, particularly in molecular biology, to complement the excellent clinical programs of Children's Hospital. These initial efforts blossomed over the years as Children's and the UC Department of Pediatrics expanded to become internationally recognized as one of the world's leading centers for biomedical research and graduate education.  He was named Christian R. Holmes Professor and Dean of the UC College of Medicine in 1987, a position he held until 2002.

Dr. Hutton returned to research and to Children's Hospital in July 2002, where he joined the Pediatric Informatics Division.  He is focusing on bioinformatics, the application of computers to analyses of basic biological and clinical problems.  He serves as the principal investigator of the research grant awarded to UC by the National Library of Medicine to develop Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS).  Dr. Hutton is the author of numerous research papers.  He has served as a member and chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biochemistry Study Section, and has received awards for distinguished service from both the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Society of Hematology.  Dr. Hutton is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Medical School.  He completed his residency in internal medicine and his research training at Rockefeller University, the Massachusetts General Hospital, the University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  (full biography)

Dr. Tsang is an adjunct professor emeritus at UC.  He received
his medical degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1964.  Dr. Tsang completed his pediatric residency at the Queen Mary Hospital of Hong Kong and the Michael Reese Hospital of Chicago, which included a year-long NIH fellowship in neonatology/developmental nephrology.  Dr. Tsang completed his fellowship in neonatology at the UC Medical Center/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1971.  He was appointed to the faculty and became professor of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology in 1979. 

Dr. Tsang has been a visiting professor in 142 cities in 46 countries, and has published over 400 papers and book reviews on the subjects of calcium and vitamin D metabolism as well as diabetes in pregnancy.  To most in the pediatric world, Dr. Tsang became known as "Mr. Calcium."  His research has been extensively supported by grants from the NIH and industry.  Dr. Tsang has been chairman of many specialty sessions at the Society for Pediatric Research, American Pediatric Society, American Society for Bone Mineral Research, and American College of Nutrition meetings.

Dr. Tsang co-founded Medical Services International (MSI) in 1994 and has been serving as its executive director.  MSI has brought in over 2000 medical and educational professionals to serve in volunteer capacities in China, 50 of whom are now living in Southwest China.  (full biography)

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