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June 2010 Issue

Joseph Broderick, MD
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Neurologist, Lipid Researcher Win College's Highest Honor

Published June 2010

A neurologist and a lipid researcher have been selected to receive the UC College of Medicine’s top honors.

Joseph Broderick, MD, professor and chair of UC’s neurology department, and Patrick Tso, PhD, professor and director of the UC Lipid Biology Group, received Daniel Drake Medals—the college’s most prestigious award given to distinguished living faculty and alumni—May 22 during a dinner at the Queen City Club.

"The 2010 Drake Medal winners represent the best of our college in terms of its commitment to research excellence, patient care and education,” says David Stern, MD, vice president for health affairs and College of Medicine dean.

"Drs. Broderick and Tso have both developed strong programs in their respective fields, are internationally known for their work and serve as great examples for our faculty and students.”

Broderick, co-director of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team, has been chair of UC’s neurology department since 2000.

A 1982 UC College of Medicine graduate, Broderick was ranked first in his medical school class.

He completed his neurologic training and cerebrovascular fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Broderick is an internationally recognized expert on the acute treatment of stroke, and has led studies in the 1980s that resulted in the approval of tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) for the treatment of ischemic stroke.

He is considered a leader on the epidemiology of stroke, and the causes and management of hemorrhagic stroke.

Broderick has authored more than 610 publications and has received numerous awards, including the 2003 William M. Feinberg Award for Excellence in Clinical Stroke.

Tso obtained his PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1978 and was recruited to UC from Louisiana State University in 1996.

He has made significant contributions to the understanding of intestinal lipid metabolism and diet-induced obesity.

He, along with colleague David Hui, PhD, formed the UC Lipid Research Group, and also played a role in the establishment of the UC Obesity Research Center.

It was nearly 10 years ago when Tso led the successful application for UC’s National (NIH) Institutes of Health-supported Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center—a resource for researchers at UC and across the country.

In 2008 he became director of the Physician Scientist Training Program.

He is the recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the NIH and was appointed to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council in 2006.

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