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At the end of May, the class of 2013 joined the ranks of Weill Cornell alumni--a distinguished bunch stretching back to 1898, when the Medical College graduated its first batch of 67 physicians.
Our family of alumni is very engaged in supporting medical students. Throughout the year, the WCMC Alumni Association hosts a variety of educational and networking events, where alumni mentor and advise students and honor their academic achievements.
At Commencement, our Alumni Association presents an annual Award of Distinction to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in academic medicine, in the areas of education, research, or patient care, and who has brought honor and acclaim to the Medical College. The recipient is nominated and chosen by fellow alumni--surely a difficult task given the outstanding pool of Weill Cornell graduates from whom to choose.
This year's recipient is R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., a member of the class of 1959. Dr. Douglas has had an illustrious career in both academic medicine and industry. After graduating from Weill Cornell, he was a resident in internal medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Johns Hopkins. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Rochester and Baylor College of Medicine, before returning to Weill Cornell to serve as Chair of the Department of Medicine from 1982-1990. He then became the president of Merck Vaccines, where he helped introduce vaccines for haemophilus B, hepatitis A and B, and chicken pox, among others. After retiring from Merck in 1999, he has served on the boards of several biotech companies focused on vaccine development. He remains a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Weill Cornell.
It was a pleasure and an honor to present a commemorative plaque to Dr. Douglas and have him march with us at Commencement. And as our newest alumni embark on their careers, I hope that they come back to visit us at Weill Cornell, where they will always have a home.
R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., MD '59
Posted June 13, 2013 1:08 PM | Permalink to this post
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