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Alumni Awards & Nominations

Weill Cornell Medical College graduates are incredibly talented, and each year the Alumni Association presents awards to several alumni and faculty. A committee is responsible for collecting nominations from members, and presenting candidates to the Board of Directors.

Award of Distinction

Established in 1949, the annual Award of Distinction recognizes an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in education, research or patient care, and who has brought honor and acclaim to the Medical College. The honoree is recognized at the Alumni Award of Distinction dinner, marches with the Commencement Platform Party, and receives a special plaque presented by the dean during commencement.

Weill Cornell Alumni Award of Distinction

To nominate a candidate, please complete the Award of Distinction Nomination Form

Past Award of Distinction Recipients

1949 - William S. McCann, M.D. '15 (*)
1950 - David P. Barr, M.D. '14 (*)
1951 - Connie M. Guion, M.D. '17 (*)
1952 - Niles P. Larsen, M.D. '16 (*)
1953 - William C. Menninger, M.D. '24 (*)
1954 - Samuel Z. Levine, M.D. '20 (*)
1955 - Irving S. Wright, M.D. '26 (*)
1956 - Preston A. Wade, M.D. '25 (*)
1957 - Henry H. Kessler, M.D. '19 (*)
1958 - Paul F. Russell, M.D. '21 (*)
1959 - Ida S. Scudder, M.D. 1899 (*)
1960 - Dean F. Smiley, M.D. '19 (*)
1961 - Irvine H. Page, M.D. '26 (*)
1962 - Paul Reznikoff, M.D. '20 (*)
1963 - May G. Wilson, M.D. '11 (*)
1964 - Milton Helpern, M.D. '26 (*)
1965 - S. Bernard Wortis, M.D. '27 (*)
1966 - Armand J. Quick, M.D. '28 (*)
1967 - Thomas P. Almy, M.D. '39 (*)
1968 - Philip Levine, M.D. '23 (*)
1969 - Alexander D. Langmuir, M.D.'35 (*)
1970 - William D. Holden, M.D. '37 (*)
1971 - Harry Gold, M.D. '22 (*)
1972 - Harriet L. Hardy, M.D. '32 (*)
1973 - Thomas H. Ham, M.D. '31 (*)
1974 - Charles G. Child II, M.D. '34 (*)
1975 - Gustave J. Dammin, M.D. '38 (*)
1976 - David E. Rogers, M.D. '48 (*)
1977 - Alfred E. Maumenee, Jr., M.D. '38 (*)
1978 - Charles A. LeMaistre, M.D. '47
1979 - Edwin D. Kilbourne, M.D. '44 (*)
1980 - W. Clarke Wescoe, M.D. '44 (*)
1981 - Walter F. Riker, Jr., M.D. '43M (*)
1982 - William A. Barnes, M.D. '37 (*)
1983 - Fred Plum, M.D. '47 (*)
1984 - Harry M. Rose, M.D. '32 (*)
1985 - Robert C. Hickey, M.D. '42 (*)
1986 - J. Robert Buchanan, M.D. '54
1987 - Robert J. Haggerty, M.D. '49
1988 - C. Everett Koop, M.D. '41 (*)
1989 - Joseph F. Artusio, M.D. '43M (*)
1990 - George A. Wolf, Jr., M.D. '41 (*)
1991 - Forrest C. Eggleston, M.D. '45
1992 - Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. '66
1993 - John H. Laragh, M.D. '48 (*)
1994 - Mary Ann Payne, M.D. '45 (*)
1995 - Roy C. Swan, M.D. '47 (*)
1996 - Carlton C. Hunt, Jr., M.D. '42 (*)
1997 - Gerald David Fischbach, M.D. '65
1998 - Heinz F. Eichenwald, M.D. '50 (*)
1999 - Merlin K. DuVal Jr., M.D. '46 (*)
2000 - Thomas Killip III, M.D. '52
2001 - Albert Z. Kapikian, M.D. '56
2002 - Gerald L. Mandell, M.D. '62
2003 - Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, M.D. '60
2004 - Francis V. Chisari, M.D. '68
2005 - John Allen Clements, M.D. '47
2006 - George H. McCracken, Jr., M.D. '62
2007 - Jay N. Cohn, M.D. '56
2008 - Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D. '81
2009 - John Ross, Jr., M.D. '55
2010 - William Schaffner, M.D. '62
2011 - Anne A. Gershon, M.D. '64
2012 - Michael D. Gershon, M.D. '63
2013 - R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., M.D. '59
2014 - Kathleen M. Foley, M.D. '69
2015 - Steven G. Gabbe, M.D. '69
(*) Deceased

Special Achievement Award

The Special Achievement Award recognizes alumni with notable achievements in medicine or related fields that significantly advance healthcare and medical science, including "non-traditional" health care-related endeavors in areas such as national policy, business and entrepreneurialism, technology, aerospace and engineering, arts and culture, philanthropy, and humanitarian aid development. 

Weill Cornell Special Achievement Award

To nominate a candidate, please complete the Special Achievement Award Nomination Form.

Past Special Achievement Award Recipients

2010 - Jean W. Pape, M.D. '75
2011 - Ellen S. Baker, M.D. '78; Jay C. Buckey, Jr., M.D. '81; and Mae C. Jemison, M.D. '81 (nominated as a group)
2012 - Richard T. Silver, M.D. '53
2013 - Peter M. Le Jacq, M.D. '81
2014 - Bruce G. Gellin, M.D. '83, M.P.H.

Honorary Fellowship Award

Since 1970, the Alumni Association Board of Directors has had the distinct pleasure of annually awarding honorary fellowships to two outstanding (non-alumni) Weill Cornell faculty members whose scholarship, dedication and leadership have greatly enriched the life of the Medical College, its faculty and students. Honorary Fellows are recognized at Reunion Weekend, and are invited to participate in all alumni events and activities.

To nominate a candidate please submit a letter of recommendation and a CV for the nominee, via email to alumni@med.cornell.edu.

Past Honorary Fellowship Award Recipients

1970 - John E. Deitrick, M.D.
1970 - Joseph C. Hinsey, Ph.D. (*)
1971 - McKeen Cattell, M.D., Ph.D. (*)
1971 - Vincent du Vigneaud, Ph.D. (*)
1972 - Walsh McDermott, M.D. (*)
1972 - Robert F. Pitts, Ph.D.
1973 - Dayton J. Edwards, Ph.D.
1973 - Frank Glenn, M.D. (*)
1974 - E. Hugh Luckey, M.D. (*)
1974 - Bronson S. Ray, M.D. (*)
1975 - Jeremiah A. Barondess, M.D.
1975 - Joseph N. Nathanson, M.D.C.M. (*)
1976 - John T. Ellis, M.D. (*)
1976 - Aaron Feder, M.D. (*)
1977 - Victor F. Marshall, M.D. (*)
1977 - Carl Muschenheim, M.D. (*)
1978 - R. Gordon Douglas, M.D.C.M. (*)
1978 - Cranston W. Holman, M.D. (*)
1979 - Charles L. Christian, M.D.
1979 - B. H. Kean, M.D. (*)
1980 - Julian R. Rachele, Ph.D. (*)
1980 - Philip D. Wilson, Jr., M.D.
1981 - Ralph L. Engle, Jr., M.D. (*)
1981 - Roger L. Greif, M.D.
1982 - Ralph L. Nachman, M.D.
1982 - G. Thomas Shires, M.D. (*)
1983 - Alexander G. Bearn, M.D. (*)
1983 - Oskar Diethelm, M.D. (*)
1984 - Dale R. Corson, Ph.D.
1984 - Mary Allen Engle, M.D. (*)
1985 - Robert Michels, M.D.
1985 - Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D.C.M.
1986 - Joseph P. Whalen, M.D.
1986 - Erich E. Windhager, M.D.
1987 - David V. Becker, M.D. (*)
1987 - Maria I. New, M.D.
1988 - D. Jackson Coleman, M.D.
1988 - Bjorn Thorbjarnarson, M.D.
1989 - Daniel R. Alonso, M.D.
1989 - E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D.
1990 - Fritz F. Fuchs, M.D. (*)
1990 - Marjorie J. Topkins, M.D.
1991 - Jerome J. DeCosse, M.D.(*)
1991 - Donald G. Johnson, M.D.
1992 - Peter A. M. Auld, M.D.
1992 - Joseph G. Hayes, M.D.
1993 - Graham G. Hawks, M.D. (*)
1993 - Marcus M. Reidenberg, M.D.
1994 - Jerome B. Posner, M.D.
1994 - John C. Whitsell II, M.D.
1995 - Stanley J. Behrman, D.M.D.
1995 - Stewart G. Wolf, Jr., M.D. (*)
1996 - Kenneth I. Berns, M.D.
1996 - William J. Ledger, M.D.
1997 - David P. Hajjar, Ph.D.
1997 - Anne Moore, M.D.
1998 - Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, M.D.
1998 - David B. Skinner, M.D. (*)
1999 - O. Wayne Isom, M.D.
1999 - Harvey Klein, M.D.
2000 - William A. Frosch, M.D.
2000 - Carl F. Nathan, M.D.
2001 - Bruce L. Ballard, M.D.
2001 - Stephen H. Weiss (*)
2002 - Warren D. Johnson, Jr., M.D.
2002 - James P. Smith, M.D.
2003 - Margaret W. Hilgartner, M.D. (*)
2003 - Thomas M. Maack, M.D.
2004 - Jack D. Barchas, M.D.
2004 - Bernice S. Grafstein, Ph.D.
2005 - Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
2005 - Olaf Sparre Andersen, M.D.
2006 - Zev Rosenwaks, M.D.
2006 - Roger W. Yurt, M.D.
2007 - Barry J. Hartman, M.D.
2007 - Ira M. Jacobson, M.D.
2008 - Mark W. Pasmantier, M.D.
2008 - Richard B. Roberts, M.D.
2009 - Thomas Caputo, M.D.
2009 - Barbara Hempstead, M.D., Ph.D.
2010 - Antonio M. Gotto, Jr, M.D., D.Phil.
2010 - Thomas P. Sculco, M.D.
2011 - Ronald G. Crystal, M.D.
2011 - John J. Savarese, M.D.
2012 - Frank A. Chervenak, M.D.
2012 - Joan and Sanford I. Weill (**)
2013 - Katherine A. Hajjar, M.D.
2013 - David J. Skorton, M.D.
2014 - Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
2014 - Roberto Levi, M.D., D.Sc.
(*) Deceased
(**) Distinguished Fellowship Award

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