UCSF Medal Recipients to Be Honored at Founders Day Observance

April 01, 2002
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UCSF's annual Founders Day observance will honor the recipients of the UCSF Medal, as well as the recipients of the UCSF Academic Senate's 2002 Faculty Research Lectureship, the 2001 Distinguished Clinical Research Lectureship and the 2002 Distinction in Teaching Award. The recipients of the three Academic Senate awards will be announced at a later date.

UCSF Chancellor Dr. J. Michael Bishop will present the UCSF medals at the Founders Day banquet on Thursday, April 25 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The UCSF Medal is the University's most prestigious honor, given annually to individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions associated with the university's health science mission.

Four distinguished individuals will receive the UCSF Medal at this year's event:

Dr. Harold P. Freeman, director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute; Chairman of the President's Cancer Panel; and Medical Director of The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Prevention and Care in New York City, is a national advocate for poor and underserved patients who has focused critical attention and research on their needs and has argued that poverty and diminished access to healthcare are the principal underlying causes of racial disparities in death rates from cancer and other diseases.

Dorothy P. Rice, UCSF professor emerita, Institute for Health and Aging, social and behavioral sciences, UCSF School of Nursing, is a nationally prominent medical economist and health demographer whose research has been widely used in the field of public health.

Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services and now president of the University of Miami, has overseen health and welfare policy for the federal government, including Medicare and Medicaid programs, the NIH, Food and Drug Administration and all welfare, childcare and child welfare programs.

Alejandro Zaffaroni, founder and director emeritus of ALZA Corporation and director, UCSF Foundation, has spent the last 50 years giving birth to new drug delivery ideas, secured 43 patents, founded seven companies and, in so doing, has improved the quality of life for millions of people.

The Founders Day Banquet and Medal Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The cost of the black tie optional event is $70 per person. For more information or reservations, please send email to jpierucci@support.ucsf.edu or call (415) 476-4454.

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