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June 2005 Issue

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Three Medical Leaders Receive Drake Medal

Published June 2005

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 Cincinnati.

"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 education."

The Drake Medal, awarded annually, commemorates the frontier physician Daniel Drake, MD, who founded Cincinnati's original medical school in 1819.

Thomas Boat, MD

Dr. Boat is director of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UC. He also is physician-in-chief and a member of the board of trustees of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He served as interim provost for health affairs at UC in 2003.

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.

Thomas Fogarty, MD

Dr. Fogarty, an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner, has been involved with a wide range of innovations in business and technology and has founded and served on the boards of more than 30 businesses and research companies.

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.

Martin Samuels, MD

Dr. Samuels, neurologist-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, is a leading authority on neuromedicine, a field he is primarily responsible for defining.

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.

A devoted educator, Dr. Samuels is renowned for his full-day neurological medicine courses at the national meetings of the American Academy of Neurology and his neurology updates at the annual meetings of the American College of Physicians.

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