Astrid Heger, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and executive director of the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) at LAC+USC Medical Center, recently received the highest federal award for service to crime victims.
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno presented Heger with the Crime Victim Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice. Heger was one of 10 individuals and four programs honored at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. that culminated National Crime Victims Rights Week.
Heger met with Vice President Al Gore at the White House following the award ceremony.
Heger was honored for 13 years of service to victims of violence, beginning with the Center for the Vulnerable Child she founded in 1984 for the evaluation of child abuse. The Center is now part of the larger VIP, a medically-based program providing multidisciplinary interventions for all victims of child abuse and neglect, sexual assault and domestic violence. In addition, the VIP provides ongoing monitoring and support and is the first Family Advocacy Center of its kind built on a multidisciplinary approach to all forms of family violence.
Heger pioneered the use of photo-documentation techniques while developing standards for medical evaluations of child and adolescent victims of sexual assault.
Edward Crandall, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Medicine, and chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care, has been appointed to the Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Chair in Medicine.
The Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. Chair in Medicine, a $2.5 million endowment, was established for the chair of the Department of Medicine. It is the second chair bestowed upon USC by Kenneth T. Norris, Jr. upon his death last September.
Crandall is also the Hastings Professor of Medicine and director of the Will Rogers Institute Pulmonary Research Center.
Crandall earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Northwestern University in 1964. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania medical school, earning his M.D. in 1972.
Before joining the USC faculty in 1991, Crandall was chief of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center’s Department of Medicine.
Crandall researches alveolar epithelial cells-the cells that line the lungs’ air sacs and mediate the exchange of gases-which help keep the air spaces dry and revitalize themselves after lung tissue has been injured.
Amy Lee, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and associate director of basic science at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to hold the new Freeman Cosmetic Chair in Basic Science.
The chair is endowed with a $1.5 million gift from the Freeman Cosmetics Corporation. Larry and Judy Freeman and their children, Jill and Mark, became interested in cancer research after Mark was cured of cancer as a young man,
The Freeman family, through the Freeman Cosmetic Corp., have sponsored the annual Freeman Aces Cancer Tennis Tournament for the past nine years to raise funds for cancer research. The first million dollars raised from tournament proceeds were contributed to the Topping Tower expansion at the USC/Norris.
Recruited to USC from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 as an assistant professor of biochemistry, Lee has devoted 18 years to researching molecular stress reactions and cell cycles.
Sam Romeo, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the USC IPA and senior associate dean for clinical affairs of the School of Medicine, was recently honored as a distinguished guest at a symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Medical Association.
The two-day event celebrated the AMA’s code of ethics, which was adopted in 1847. Other honored guests at the meeting included famed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Louis Sullivan, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Lymphoma Foundation of America recently recognized Alexandra Levine, M.D., chief of the division of hematology, for her achievements in lymphoma research.
The foundation awarded her its Evelyn Hoffman Memorial Award, honoring Levine’s work investigating AIDS-related lymphoma.
Levine is the chair of the research committee of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. She has also been the principal investigator on more than 20 NIH-supported research studies and published more than 200 articles and chapters.
Governor Pete Wilson recently named associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology Raquel Arias, M.D., to the Medical Board of California. Arias is active in issues of women’s health care, and received the Lester T. Hibbard Teaching Award from the USC Medical School Class of 1996.
Michael E. Siegel, M.D., professor of radiology and chief of the division of nuclear medicine, has been elected vice president of the American College of Nuclear Medicine, an organization that fosters excellence in education and the practice of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine. In addition, Siegel received the College’s first “President’s Award” for his contributions, which include more than 240 peer-reviewed publications and 21 medical textbooks.
L. Julian Haywood, M.D., professor of medicine and cardiology, received the Laureate Award from the Southern California, Region 1, Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award is given to those who have demonstrated by their example and conduct an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research and service to their community, their region and the ACP.
Ronald E. Smith, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, was elected to serve as the chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, the certifying board for all ophthalmologists in the U.S.
Smith, who served as a member of the board for several years, will serve as vice chair in 1997 and chair in 1998. He has been a full-time USC faculty member since 1975 and chair of ophthalmology since 1995.
Peter McDonnell, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and director of the USC/Doheny Refractive Laser Medical Center, has been named recipient of the 1997 Troutman Veronneau Prize from the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. The $10,000 award recognizes McDonnell’s research on the effects on corneal healing of gene transfer into keratocytes after excimer laser keratectomy.
Rey Pangilinan, M.D., a second-year ophthalmology fellow, recently returned from Fiji where he performed medical procedures for islanders.
Pangilinan was one of six L.A. physicians who traveled to the island as part of a medical mission sponsored by the Beeve Foundation in Verdugo City. During the mission, Pangilinan performed more than 30 procedures including six corneal transplants and 14 cataract extractions.
Carol A. Miller, M.D., a neuropathologist and professor of pathology, has been named the recipient of the Simon Gratz Research Award from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.
The award recognizes outstanding individual faculty or alumnae and is given once every three years. Miller is a co-principal investigator of the Alzheimer’s Research Center of Southern California and a NIMH MERIT Award researcher. She has also been elected as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the French Foundation.
Shahbudin Rahimtoola, M.D., Griffith Chair in Cardiology and professor of medicine, was recently named to the International Assessment Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 10-member committee will be charged with reviewing and evaluating virtually all health-related research taking place in the Netherlands.
Health magazine’s March cover story on breast cancer and estrogen centered around the work of Malcolm Pike, M.D., Thornton Chair in Preventive Medicine and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, and oncologist Darcy Spicer, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine. Of their estrogen-reducing regimen designed to protect against breast cancer, referred to as ‘Pike’s Pill,’ Spicer commented, “In medicine, we’re generally far more successful at preventing something than we are at treating it.”
Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, a registered nurse and assistant chair of nursing, and Pauline C. Beecroft, R.N., Ph.D., a registered nurse and researcher at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, were among the 11 recent inductees into the American Academy of Nursing, a select group of nursing leaders in education, practice, administration and research..
Academy fellows help direct the future of nursing by identifying emerging nursing and health care issues and proposing solutions. To be inducted, applicants are sponsored by other fellows and elected by the entire academy.
Mary Dee Hacker, R.N., M.B.A., vice president and chief nursing officer at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, recently won NURSEweek magazine’s 1997 “RN Excellence Award.”
Hacker, one of the best known leaders in nursing in California, was recently named by California Medicine as one of “California’s 100 Most Influential & Interesting Health Care Leaders.”
She currently serves as secretary of the executive board of Children’s Home Care in Los Angeles and is a member of the board for Hillsides Home for Children in Pasadena, Calif.
Joann Harold, R.N., a pediatric intensive care unit nurse at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, received a “Spirit Award” from the American Red Cross in April.
The award recognizes outstanding individuals and companies that demonstrate and inspire a deep sense of compassion.
She has served as a registered nurse at CHLA since 1973.
George Jaresko, Pharm.D., assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, has been elected as an at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Infectious Disease Pharmacists. He will serve a one-year term.
USC alumni received a large portion of major awards presented by the California Pharmacists Association.
David Fong, Pharm.D., a 1982 graduate, was named Pharmacist of the Year. Robert Holbrook, Pharm.D., a 1965 graduate, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy and director of Pharmaceutical Services, won the Bowl of Hygeia Award, which recognizes outstanding and continuing activity in the community. Jacqueline Krause, Pharm.D., a 1992 graduate, won the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award. Edward. S. Brady, Pharm.D., pharmacy alumnus and professor emeritus, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.