Awards and Honors – May 31, 2022

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Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis Jr., M.D., Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine, was honored as an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Wesleyan University’s 2022 commencement ceremony. Dr. Fins, an accomplished physician and a champion of public health, has devoted his distinguished career to fostering a productive dialogue between the sciences and the humanities. 

Dr. Jacob Goldberg, a fifth-year neurosurgery resident, was named a 2022 Charlie Kuntz Scholar for his work with Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members Dr. Roger Härtl, Dr. Ibrahim Hussain, Dr. Carolin Melcher and members of the neurosurgery resident training team. Dr. Goldberg was also awarded the J.A.N.E. (Journalistic And Academic Neurosurgical Excellence) Award for top resident manuscript of the year. The winning research project focused on the use of a high-tech simulator to train residents in the advanced techniques of minimally invasive spine surgery.  

Dr. Constantino Iadecola, director and chair of the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute and the Anne Parrish Titzell Professor of Neurology, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. Dr. Iadecola has been a pioneering clinician-scientist in the field of cerebrovascular biology, stroke and dementia for over three decades. He received his award May 30. 

Dr. Weisi Liu, a postdoctoral associate in medicine in the lab of Dr. Bishoy Faltas, received the 2022 BCAN Young Investigator Award for his project entitled “Synthetic lethal strategies to limit tumor evolution driven by APOBEC3 activity in urothelial cancer. This award is for $50,000 for a one-year period.   

Dr. George Makari, professor of psychiatry and the director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, received the 87th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Award from The Cleveland Foundation, making him one of the recipients of the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity. Dr. Makari’s book “Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia” was a Bloomberg Best Nonfiction Book of 2021. 

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