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Faculty Awards/Honors

Eric J. Russell, MD, FACR, FSIR, the Frederick John Bradd and William Kennedy Professor of Radiology and chair of radiology at Northwestern, received the American Society of Neuroradiology’s (ASNR) Gold Medal at the group’s annual meeting in San Diego in May.

The medal honors neuroradiologists, scientists, and physicians who have greatly contributed to the specialty area through exceptional service and achievement.

“I am humbled and deeply honored to receive this prestigious award from the society that means so much to me,” says Dr. Russell. “The ASNR represents the best in the world in neuroradiology, and its leaders and members are widely recognized as great innovators, researchers, and clinicians; to be acknowledged by such an esteemed group is the highlight of my career.”

Dr. Russell’s service to the ASNR has been extensive, from participating and chairing numerous committees to holding several key positions, including being inducted as president of the society in 1999. Among his accomplishments, he worked with others to establish an ACGME-approved neurointerventional training program, and he supported the society’s efforts to become more engaged in socioeconomic activities. Seeing the need for close communication with interventional radiologists, he sat as a member of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (now Society of Interventional Radiology or SIR) Executive Council for three years. He was elected as an ASNR fellow in 2000.


Mary McGrae McDermott, MD, professor in medicine-general internal medicine and geriatrics and preventive medicine, was selected to receive the designation Master of the Society of Vascular Medicine (SVM), the highest award bestowed by the organization. The Society confers the annual award on up to three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field. Dr. McDermott was presented with the award at the national SVM meeting in June.

“It is an honor to have my work and effort recognized by my colleagues across the nation. My goal as a clinician-scientist is to improve the health and quality of life of patients with vascular disease. This recognition suggests that perhaps I have made a small difference in this important work,” says Dr. McDermott.


Karl Bilimoria, MD, MS ’08, GME ’10, assistant professor in surgical oncology and medical social sciences, has been named a 2013 Young Investigator by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCNN), an alliance of 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving patient care.

Bilimoria will use the $150,000 grant to research the quality of care delivered to melanoma and breast cancer patients.

“In particular, the project will look at ways to help hospitals improve how they determine whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes,” says Bilimoria, a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “We will also be trying to define which patients would benefit most from having their lymph nodes checked for the spread of the cancer. This is one of the most important factors with respect to prognosis, treatment planning, and enrollment in clinical trials.”


Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, professor of medicine, has been named the senior director of the Education, Science, and Professional Development department of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

In this role, Dr. Von Roenn will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of a broad array of innovative educational programs that serve the needs of ASCO members and constituents, including the ASCO Annual Meeting, thematic meetings, workshops, and continuing medical education offerings.


Mark Huffman, MD/MPH, assistant professor in preventive medicine and medicine-cardiology, was selected as chair of the World Heart Federation’s Emerging Leaders Presidential Initiative to help achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing premature mortality from chronic diseases by 25 percent by 2025.

Woodruff and Molitch Receive Honors at ENDO 2013

Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute and chair, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology-Fertility Preservation, received the Visionary Leadership Award from the University of California, San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.

The awards reception took place at the Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco in June where, along with two others, Woodruff was honored for her work to improve reproductive health by preventing harmful environmental exposures. She was also inaugurated as president of the Society, the world’s oldest, largest, and most active organization dedicated to research on hormones and the clinical practice of endocrinology.

“Worldwide, the endocrinology community is facing a variety of challenges, including the colliding epidemics of obesity and diabetes, growing awareness of the health risks associated with endocrine-disrupting chemicals, the tension between global population expansion and personal reproductive needs, and the need to support scientific research in an environment with limited resources,” said Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “As president of the Endocrine Society, I am looking forward to working with the talented clinicians and researchers in our membership to develop tactics and offer continued scientific leadership to address these issues.”

At the same meeting in June, Mark Molitch, MD, Martha Leland Sherwin Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award from the Endocrine Society.

Molitch, who has taught students, staff, fellows, and other members of the endocrine community for nearly 40 years, was recognized for his lifelong commitment to education.

“This is a terrific honor and I am very proud of it,” said Molitch, professor in medicine-endocrinology. “I really have three roles at Northwestern: physician, scientist, and teacher. The balance of these means that I see patients, conduct clinical research, and educate patients, residents, and medical students on a daily basis.”

Molitch’s career is marked by a commitment to helping others. With his wife, Susan Hou, MD, Molitch founded the Centro Medico Humberto Parra Clinic in Bolivia to provide care to indigenous people. Since 2004, as part of rotations, Feinberg sends two medical students a month to work at the clinic. Molitch is also a prominent figure nationally, leading the development and authorship of clinical practice guidelines. His research focuses on pituitary tumors and diabetic complications.