The College of Medicine has conferred its
highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal, on two alums and a faculty
member for outstanding or unique contributions to medical education,
scholarship or research.
Thomas Boat, MD, Thomas Fogarty, MD, and
Martin Samuels, MD, received their medals at the college's Honors Day
celebration Saturday, May 21, at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in
"The 2005 Drake Medal recipients are
prime examples of the excellent faculty we recruit and physicians we
produce," said Ronald A. Sacher, MD, interim dean of the college. "It's
a great pleasure to acknowledge the leadership provided by Dr. Boat
each day, and it's equally impressive to see the contributions that UC
alumni Drs. Fogarty and Samuels have made to patient care and
The Drake Medal, awarded annually,
commemorates the frontier physician Daniel Drake, MD, who founded
Cincinnati's original medical school in 1819.
A pediatric pulmonologist, Dr. Boat
worked early in his career to define the pathophysiology of airway
dysfunction and develop more effective therapies for chronic childhood
lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis.
When Dr. Boat joined Cincinnati
Children's and UC, the Department of Pediatrics included 144 faculty
members, with total external grant funding of less than $20 million.
Today the department has more than 375 full- and part-time faculty.
Total sponsored-program awards now exceed $125 million.
Recognized as one of the best
academicians in the United States at commercializing an invention, and
a co-founder of the California venture capital firm Arch Venture
Capital, Dr. Fogarty holds over 100 surgical patents. The best known of
these is the Fogarty balloon embolectomy catheter, which he developed
while still a medical student at UC.
A native of Cincinnati, Dr. Fogarty
completed his residency at the University of Oregon and then served as
medical staff president at Stanford Medical Center, where he is now a
professor of surgery.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Samuels
received his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his MD at UC.
After training in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and in
neurology at Massachusetts General, he joined the faculty of Harvard
Medical School, where he became one of the first to be promoted to full
professor rank by teacher-clinician criteria.