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UVM College of Medicine Announces 2012 Medical Alumni Association Award Honorees

The University of Vermont College of Medicine has announced the winners of the 2012 Medical Alumni Association Awards to be presented during its annual Medical Alumni Reunion, Friday June 8, 2012, on the UVM College of Medicine campus.

Carleton R. Haines, M.D.’43, is the 2012 recipient of the A. Bradley Soule Award, established in 1983, which honors an alumnus/a whose loyalty and dedication to the College of Medicine most emulate those qualities found in its first recipient, A. Bradley Soule, M.D.'28. Haines, a retired surgeon at Fletcher Allen Health Care and associate professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, lives in Williston, Vt. During his career, he served as director of the Tumor Registry for the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and as director of Cancer Control for the State of Vermont Department of Health. In honor of his roles as a clinical investigator, teacher, and superb clinician, Haines received the Service to Medicine & Community Award in 1994. He has served on medical reunion committees in the past and is currently involved as a class agent. As part of a large legacy family, Haines counts his son Peter, M.D.’79, his brother Gerald, M.D.’44 (who received the Soule award in 1990), and his nephew (Gerald’s son) Stephen, M.D.’75 (who received the Academic Achievement award in 2010) among his fellow alumni. In 2005, the Haines family celebrated the many connections between the college and their family by naming the Haines Family Room in the Medical Education Center. Haines continues his involvement with the college to this day as an engaged member of the Medical Alumni Association’s Executive Council since 2004.

Alumni honored with this year's Distinguished Academic Achievement Award, established in 1985, which recognizes outstanding scientific or academic achievement, include:

Susan E. Coffin, M.D.’87, associate drofessor of pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Hospital; epidemiologist and medical director, Department of Infection Prevention and Control, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Coffin is actively engaged in the clinical care of children with infections, teaching of medical students and residents, and hospital administration. She has made important research contributions to the understanding of the epidemiology of nosocomial pediatric infections, and has worked on infectious diseases prevention projects in healthcare and community settings in Botswana and Ghana. Coffin’s interests include: pediatrics, infectious diseases, public health, vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases, infection control and healthcare-acquired infections, and quality improvement.

Mylan C. Cohen, M.D.’87, M.P.H., medical director, Non-invasive Cardiology, Cardiology Division, Maine Medical Center.

Cohen trained in internal medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, where he completed clinical and research fellowship training in cardiology, and was chief of the Nuclear Cardiology Section at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is a clinical professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. He specializes in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Cohen is a past president of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and has special interests in diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, valvular heart disease, and preoperative cardiac risk assessment.

Mary J. Hamel, M.D.’92, medical epidemiologist, Malaria Branch, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hamel is a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and senior malaria advisor for the President’s Malaria Initiative. She has extensive field experience and expertise in malaria epidemiology and is a principal investigator for a phase 3 clinical trial of a new malaria vaccine that shows promise of reducing the incidence of malaria in children in sub-Saharan Africa by some 50 percent. The study was cited as one of Time magazine’s Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011. She has worked in western Kenya and other African countries on malaria control and child survival projects since 1995, and served as the Malaria Branch Chief at KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, posted in western Kenya from 2004–2010.

Mary E. Maloney, M.D.’77, chief, Division of Dermatology, professor of medicine, and director of Dermatologic Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Maloney is currently the chief of the division of dermatology at UMass Memorial Healthcare. She is the author of The Dermatologic Surgical Suite: Design and Materials and has edited two textbooks, Cutaneous Oncology and Surgical Dermatopathology. She is a past president of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgery and past secretary of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. In 1999, she chaired both the Council on Education and the Scientific Assembly Council for the American Academy of Dermatology, with responsibility for the education and management of the largest dermatological scientific session in the world. Maloney has also served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The College's Service to Medicine and Community Award, established in 1984, is presented to graduates who have maintained a high standard of medical service and who have achieved an outstanding record of community service or assumed other significant responsibilities in addition to their medical practice. The 2012 recipients of this award are:

Lisbet M. Hanson, M.D.’82, gynecologist and obstetrician, Virginia Beach, Va.

Hanson is a senior partner at Virginia Beach Obstetrics and Gynecology in Virginia Beach, Va. She has been serving the Virginia Beach community for 24 years and has helped establish a unique practice model for professional women delivering women’s care. With her husband, John G. Kenerson, M.D. ’77, Hanson has devoted generous volunteer service to Colleagues in Care (CIC), a global health network of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel and partners providing quality health care services throughout Haiti. Dr. Hanson’s work within the CIC has focused on initiating OB GYN ultrasound training for obstetricians and nurse midwives. In 2009, Hanson, and her husband were jointly honored as co-recipients of the Medical Society of Virginia Salute to International Service Award.

John G. Kenerson, M.D.’77, cardiologist, Cardiovascular Associates, Virginia Beach, Va.

Kenerson is a cardiologist and founding partner of Cardiovascular Associates in Virginia Beach, Va. He has dedicated his career to developing tertiary level cardiology programs serving the Virginia Beach community. With his wife, Lisbet M. Hanson, M.D. ’82, they created Colleagues in Care (CIC), a global health network of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel and partners providing quality health care services throughout Haiti. In 2009, Kenerson and Hanson were jointly honored by the Medical Society of Virginia with the Salute to International Service Award. In addition, Kenerson received the Kreuger Lectureship Virginia Beach Physician of the Year Award in recognition of medical and community service in 2009.

Arthur S. Kunin, M.D. ’52, professor emeritus of medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Kunin is a pioneering nephrologist, a superb role model, and one of the first full-time faculty members in the Department of Medicine at UVM. He is held in high esteem at the college for his demonstrated devotion over 35-plus years (1957 -1992) in various roles as a professor, researcher, and faculty member. Kunin is a World War II veteran who received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered just before the Battle of the Bulge and the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement as a volunteer litter-bearer on the front lines. In 1990 he helped organize a sister-state relationship between Vermont and the Russian Republic of Karelia; and traveled to Russia for two years, helping UVM faculty who volunteered to teach at Petrozavodsk University. He has deep family roots in Vermont as well as a decades-long record of involvement in public life and community service. Even in retirement, he continues to broaden his knowledge by contributing his efforts to UVM’s holocaust studies, music and history departments.

The Early Achievement Award, established in 2000, recognizes early-career physicians for outstanding academic achievements or contributions through community or medical service. The 2012 award recipient is:

Kristin M. Page-Chartrand, M.D.’02, medical instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine.

Page-Chartrand is a board certified pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Duke University Medical Center. She has additional specialized training in the field of pediatric bone marrow transplant and devotes her clinical time to treating children with life-threatening diseases such as resistant malignancies, inherited metabolic diseases and immunodeficiencies. Her clinical research focuses on assessing potency of umbilical cord blood units used for hematopoetic stem cell transplantation with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes after this potentially life-saving procedure.

For awards information, go to the 2012 Medical Alumni Association Awards website.

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