Mayo Clinic's national headquarters here in Rochester, MInnesota has announced the recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The awards started in 1981, when the Mayo Board of Trustees created them "to show appreciation for the exceptional contributions of Mayo alumni to the field of medicine. Individuals who receive the award have been recognized nationally and often internationally in their fields."
Dr. Richard Brubaker
Emeritus professor of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Brubaker "has played a large role in shaping the science of ophthalmology through research and patient care, the future of ophthalmology through mentorship of students and staff, and the progress of Mayo Clinic through administrative service."
Dr. Gene Hunder
Emeritus professor of internal medicine
"From his contributions to the clinical definition of the condition to groundbreaking pathogenic studies, Dr. Hunder is known worldwide for the research and treatment of vasculitis. He is particularly recognized and respected for his work in giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica," says the Mayo announcement.
Dr. Keith Kelly
Emeritus professor of surgery
According to Mayo, Kelly's "contributions affected the practice of surgery and supported patient-oriented research. Dr. Kelly is an internationally known gastrointestinal surgeon and an expert in gastrointestinal motility. He performed innumerable studies on the clinical feasibility and effects of anal sphincter preserving operations and continence-producing operations after total colectomy."
Dr. Guillermo Ruiz-Argüelles
Director general, Centro de Hematologia y Medicina Interna de Puebla, Clinica Ruiz
Director, Teaching and Research Division, Laboratorios Clinicos de Puebla, Clinica Ruiz
Professor of Hematology, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla and Universidad de las Americas Puebla
He is "an internationally recognized hematologist who has made significant contributions to the management of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and aplastic anemia. His interests in hematology span from clinical care of hematologic malignancies to stem cell transplantation."
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