University of Vermont

College to Present Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards at Reunion 2013

Richard H. Feins
Richard H. Feins, M.D., Class of '73

Presented in recognition of outstanding scientific or academic achievement, the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award will go to three University of Vermont College of Medicine alumni at the “Celebration of Achievements – Legends and Leaders” awards and recognition event that will be held during the College’s Reunion on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 5 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium in the Medical Education Center on Level 2 of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Ambulatory Care Center Campus.

2013 award recipients include:
Richard H. Feins, M.D.’73,
a professor of surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, is a thoracic surgeon celebrating his 40th reunion year at the UVM College of Medicine. Trained in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Rochester, where he served on the faculty until 2005, Feins moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a professor of surgery and head of general thoracic surgery. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated creative leadership and innovation in thoracic surgery education. Feins has served on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery as a director for eight years and then as chair from 2007 to 2009. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Joint Council for Surgical Education, the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, and the General Thoracic Surgery Club. He is the co-director of the national Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident Boot Camp and the executive director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery “Senior Tour,” a nationwide organization of retired cardiothoracic surgeons who volunteer in the training of cardiothoracic surgery residents. Feins is recognized nationally as a “go-to guy” on matters pertaining to the education of future thoracic surgeons and for simulation-based training.

Edward P. Havranek, M.D.’83, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a cardiologist and director of Health Services Research at Denver Health Medical Center, is celebrating his 30th reunion year. A Denver, Colo., cardiologist with a long-standing interest in measuring and improving the quality of care for cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure, his current funded research focuses on causes and solutions to the problems of health disparities based on race and ethnicity. Havranek served as chair of the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Annual Scientific Forum Program Committee, and was a member of the Database Steering Committee for the American Heart Association, as well as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Colorado’s Regional Health Information Organization. He was a clinical coordinator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sponsored National Heart Care Projects from 1999 to 2005, chair of the Care Standards Committee of the Heart Failure Society of America from 2002 to 2006, and a member of the governor’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee for Colorado in 2008 and 2009. Havranek serves on the editorial boards for several major cardiology journals. He will present on “Social Determinants of Cardiovascular Outcomes” at the UVM Department of Medicine Grand Rounds on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 8 a.m. in the Davis Auditorium.

Douglas W. Losordo, M.D.’83, an interventional cardiologist and professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill., is celebrating his 30th reunion year. Losordo is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. His major research interests encompass angiogenesis/vasculogenesis, progenitor/adult stem cells, tissue repair/regeneration, and vascular biology. Working with the late Jeff Isner at St. Elizabeth’s Medical in Boston, Mass., he developed a program in therapeutic angiogenesis and cell-based tissue repair and executed the full “translational medicine” paradigm: identifying novel therapeutics in the laboratory, developing these strategies in small and large animal models and designing and executing  first in human clinical trials. Losordo previously served as director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine and director of the Program in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Learn more about Reunion 2013 at the UVM College of Medicine.